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Lawmakers don't see need to file legal action

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Because the governor's Guam Memorial Hospital board didn't take any action on any of the agenda items during their meeting last night, Senator Rory Respicio says lawmakers at this point don't have any plans to act on a resolution that would have requested the Supreme Court of Guam for a declaratory judgment on the governor's Organic Act powers.

"I think the whole meeting last night was just for informational purposes only," he explained. "And that's how it was treated and I think that's the position that several of us in the legislature have taken. The governor can certainly rely on the expertise experience from those board of trustees [sic] that he's nominated, subject to legislative confirmation."

Lawmakers argue the governor does not have the power to unilaterally appoint a GMH board without undergoing confirmation by the Legislature. Senators say he can act on his own in terms of making decisions on behalf of GMH.

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