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Bill creates Volunteer Lifeguard Corps

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Democrat senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. introduced legislation that would authorize the Department of Parks & Recreation to implement a Lifeguard Volunteer Corps. According to Rodriguez, Bill 118 was introduced after numerous reports of near drownings have been reported. He says with the lack of lifeguards employed by the agency, they need another alternative.

"Our waters have been very dangerous," said the freshman policymaker, "and so, the lack of lifeguards at Parks & Rec and the lack of funding to hire new lifeguards, I said this is something we need to implement and we spoke to the director during his confirmation hearing. This is something he thought would actually help. Speaking with the lifeguards there, I know for a fact that they need some assistance."

The bill would allow Parks & Rec to authorize rules and regulations. He says the director will be tasked with recruiting individuals on a voluntary basis. The volunteers may get a stipend, with coverage offered under Workmans Compensation.

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