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Governor Calls Session Illegal

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo says lawmakers ignored his call to Special Session and instead continued with the Session called by Speaker Judi Won Pat. Several republican senators walked out of session hall after objecting to the proceedings but were overruled by the democrat majority.

"This is a clear violation of federal law and the Standing Rules of the Legislature. Republican lawmakers did not want to be part of the session outside of the scope of the Organic Act, and walked out. Governor Calvo is concerned and is appealing to senators in the majority to calm tempers and work together with the Republican senator," according to a press release from the Governor's office.

Republican Senator Aline Yamashita was the only republican senator who remained in session hall when lawmakers voted for an override of the Governor's veto of the budget bill. She eventually voted against the override. The override failed. Senators recessed and are now in the special session called by the Governor to go over the new budget bill he submitted.

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