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9 senators co-sponsor Resolution 181

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - After the drama that unfolded at the Guam Legislature over the last few days, a resolution has been introduced by the nine lawmakers who took a stand late Saturday night against Speaker Judi Won Pat.

Senator Rory Respicio said, "We're not talking about personalities here, this is not Speaker Won Pat versus Rory Respicio, this is the Legislature as a recognized parliamentary rule making authority where the majority carries out the day." And a majority of senators - nine to be exact - made it clear Saturday evening at nine o'clock that they weren't going to continue to follow what majority leader Senator Respicio described as "jungle rules".

As we reported several senators felt some of their colleagues were attempting to manipulate the rules and procedures to suppress discussion on Bill 20. Last night these same nine lawmakers co-sponsored Resolution 181.  "What you're seeing is we're trying to move forward, but you have one or possibly two members that are trying to thwart the will of the majority by trying to strangle us with all these procedural maneuverings that don't even exist," said Respicio.

Once again the nine backing Resolution 181 are Senators Rory Respicio, Tony Ada, Tom Ada, Dennis Rodriguez Jr,. Tina Muna Barnes, Brant McCreadie, Aline Yamashita, Michael Limtiaco, and Michael San Nicolas.  According to the resolution it would change the Legislature's Standing Rules that would allow by majority vote or 8 senators to vote to remove the speaker, the vice speaker, the legislative secretary, or any standing committee chairperson and eight votes to remove any legislative attache.  With the recent actions and legal advice provided to Speaker Won Pat, Respicio says those issues have to be addressed including whether a conflict of interest exists with the current legal counsel.

He said, "But I think what we need to resolve right now is whether or not the speaker is getting an objective legal advice. The only way to resolve it is to have 8 members on the Committee on Rules move to change any officer or any attaché or maybe amend the rules to make it just 8 members of the legislature to recognize the authority of all elected representatives on the legislature."

Currently the only way the Legislature's leadership or attache's can be removed is through 8 votes from members from the Committee on Rules.

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