Guam - Acting Speaker B.J. Cruz says he does not plan on calling session to address Senator Ben Pangelinan's Bill 147 adding he doubts he will even have a quorum of senators. Bill 147, introduced Thursday, would ensure the recently passed Bill 19 that was transmitted to the governor without an exhibit, is rectified such that gaming, limited gaming and gambling is eliminated on Guam.
Several senators are currently off-island including Speaker Judi Won Pat who is in Hawaii attending the Association of Pacific Island Legislature's conference.
Cruz further adds he thinks it's best to wait and see what kind of action Governor Eddie Calvo will take on Bill 19 first. That measure was transmitted to the Governor's Office Wednesday. Chief of staff Frank Arriola had stated he would be recommending to the governor to sign the bill into law.
Cruz meanwhile says lawmakers made mistakes rushing while discussing and amending Bill 19 adding "if we continue to move in this speed it will cause more error."
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