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Lawmakers Vote on Several Measures

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Several bills will be making their way to Adelup after being passed by the legislature during session this afternoon. Despite opposition by the Guam Community College, bill 206 was passed by senators with a vote of 9-6.  The legislation transfers GCC's property along the back road to Andersen to the jurisdiction of the Guam Ancestral Lands Commission. A law passed by senators only months ago and signed into law would have leased that property to the Guam Power Authority. GCC was hoping that through this lease educational opportunities involving renewable energy products would be afforded to students. Also passed were measures strengthening the Guam product seal permit program and legislation authorizing the port to enter into negotiations for the acquisition of the POLA gantry cranes owned by Matson Navigation and Horizon Lines

Here's a list of some of the other bills and resolutions passed by lawmakers:


 Resolution No. 172-31 (LS) - A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / T.C. Ada / V.A. Ada

Relative to recognizing, commending and thanking Mr. Cesar (C'zer) Morales Mendina of DanzJazz for his efforts in cproviding a creative outlet through dance, and for inspiring his students and the people of Guam.  

Bill No. 141-31 (COR) - D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to promote early childhood learning and development opportunities through the promotion of modern child care facilities, by providing a business privilege tax exemption for child care centers and group child care homes, by adding a new Part (37) to Subsection (k) of §26203, Chapter 26, Title 11, Guam Code Annotated.  

Bill No. 182-31 (LS) - Sam Mabini, Ph.D.

An act to amend and add §80128, Title 5 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 80, relative to authorizing to the Guam Public Library System to contract for lease of a portion of frontage property at the Nieves m. Flores Public Library in Hagatna to operate a small mobile food establishment.  

 

Bill No. 191-31 (LS) - B.J.F. Cruz / T.R. Muna-Barnes / M.S. Taijeron

The Youth Educational Training, Cultural Enhancement and Sports Opportunities Act; an act to add a new sub-item (G) to § 26603(d)(1) of Chapter 26 of Title 11 of the Guam Code Annotated; to amend §§ 85110 and 85111 and add new §§ 85111.1 and 85112.1 to Chapter 85 of Title 5 of the Guam Code Annotated; and to amend §77124 of Chapter 77 of Title 21 of the Guam Code Annotated; relative to the off-island educational training and cultural enhancement fund and the sports fund for off-island travel and to establish a mentoring and leadership program for the prevention and cessation of alcohol, tobacco and drugs for recipients for such funds.  

 

Bill No. 196-31 (COR) - M.S. Taijeron

An act to require the Department of Public Works (DPW) to consider and perform, when deemed feasible, night time construction work on Guam's roads; and to require the inclusion of quotations or estimations for the cost of night time construction, when soliciting for contracts on road construction projects.  

 

 

Bill No. 203-31 (COR) - A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to amend § 61542 of Chapter 61, Title 21, Guam Code Annotated, relative to campaign signs. 

 

 

Bill No. 204-31 (COR) - M.S. Taijeron

An act to require the Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a review of beaches and nearshore areas surrounding Guam.

 

  Bill No. 206-31 (COR) - v.c. Pangelinan (vote was 9-6)

An act to add a new subsection (e) to §80105 of Chapter 80, Title 21 Guam Code Annotated relative to transfer properties under the jurisdiction of Guam Community College to the jurisdiction of the Guam Ancestral Lands Commission.

 

  Bill No. 192-31 (COR) - C.M. Duenas

An act to add a new § 34102 to Chapter 34 of Title 17, Guam Code Annotated, relative to establishing a scholarship program for economically-disabvantaged students; providing funding sources for the program; and, citing this act as the "Growing Guam's Work Force Scholarship Program."  

Bill No. 198-31 (COR) - C.M. Duenas / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to add a new Article 14 to Division 3 of Chapter 15, Title 17, Guam Code Annotated, relative to establishing a scholarship program for economically-disadvantated students; providing funding sources for the program, and citing this act as the "Every Child is Entitled to a Higher Education Scholarship Program."  

 

Bill No. 210-31 (COR) - J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D.

An act to add a new Chapter 53 to Title 11, of the Guam Code Anntoated, to provide the Department of Revenue and Taxation Enforcement and Collection Resources to target high risk, cash-based businesses and for non licensed businesses engaged in military construction projects. This act shall be known as "The Cash Economy Enforcement Act of 2011".  

 

Bill No. 212-31 (COR) - V.A. Ada

An act to add a new Article 4 to Chapter 4 of 4GCA relative to sexual harassment complaints. 

 

  Bill No. 226-31 (LS) - J.P. Guthertz, DPA / Sam Mabini, Ph.D. / B.J.F. Cruz

An act to amend 50207(C) of Article 2, Division 2, of Title 12 Guam Code Annotated requiring a country of origin label relative to the Guam Product Seal permit program.  

 

Bill No. 227-31 (LS) - J.P. Guthertz, DPA / Sam Mabini, Ph.D. / B.J.F. Cruz

An act to repeal Article 2 of Chapter 50, Title 12, Guam Code Annotated, and to enact a new Article 2 to Chapter 2, Title 5, Guam Code Annotated, relative to establishing a task force on the Guam Product Seal under the auspices of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Guam.  

Resolution No. 211-31 (COR) (As Introduced) - B.J.F. Cruz

Relative to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the global epidemic derived from tobacco; to request that the Obama Administration support the Framwork Convention on Tobacco Control; and to request that the United States Senat ratify the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

 

 Bill No. 236-31 (COR) - J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / T.R. Muna-Barnes

An act to add Chapter 51 to Title 17 of the Guam Code Annotated, relative to the Physician Recruitment and Retention Education Debt Repayment Program.  

 

Bill No. 238-31 (COR) - V.A. Ada / B.J.F. Cruz

An act to amend §4502(d) and to add a new §§4504.1 and 4508 to Chapter 4 of 4GCA relative to expanding Whislte-Blower Protection to all employees of the government of Guam.  

 

 Bill No. 336-31 (COR) - T.C. Ada / R.J. Respicio / A.B. Palacios, Sr. / D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / F.F. Blas, Jr. / M.S. Taijeron / C.M. Duenas / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to further amend Section 4 of Public law 30-57 and to authorize the Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port of Guam to enter into negotiations for the acquisiton of the "POLA" gantry cranes owned by Matson Navigation Company and Horizon Lines, Inc.  

 

Bill No. 273-31 (COR) - C.M. Duenas / v.c. pangelinan

An act to delete a portion of the 1966 Highway Master Plan Reservation Easement on Lot No. 121-6,Mongmong, municipality of Sinajana, Guam; and, to repeal and re-enact § 62103 of Title 21, Guam Code Annotated, relative to compliance with Master Plan

 

Lawmakers are still voting at this hour.

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