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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Lawmakers met in session on a Saturday morning to take action close to three dozen measures discussed and debated over the last week. Among the bills passed today include Senator Tony Ada's Bill 146 relative to the castle doctrine; Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz's Bill 192 relative to the prohibition and forfeiture of electronic machines or devices to conduct sweepstakes gambling; Senator Tina Muna Barnes Bill 215 relative to providing a legislative submission during the 2014 general election to allow for the medical use of cannabis; and Speaker Judi Won Pat's Bill 225 relative to the renovation or construction of a new Simon Sanchez High School. A total of 29 bill passed early Saturday afternoon.

Lawmakers meanwhile also passed four resolutions including Senator Frank Aguon Jr.'S Resolution 186 requesting for the permanent station of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system and Patriot missile defense system on Guam along with Senator Tina Muna Barnes' Resolution 279 promoting affordable alternative regional transportation between Guam and the CNMI by means of a ferry service or similar vessels. Resolution 312 meanwhile was passed after just being introduced late Friday afternoon and placed on session agenda this morning without a public hearing. The resolution was introduced by Senator Ben Pangelinan and is co-sponsored by the eight other Democrat senators and would authorize the Legislature to seek a declaratory judgment from the Supreme Court of Guam on whether money can be withdrawn from the Income Tax Refund Efficient Payment Trust Fund to be used for other purposes other than the payment of income tax refunds.  All six Republicans voted against and asked for their names to not be placed on the resolution.

Meanwhile measures that failed to pass include Senator Tina Muna Barnes' Bill 15 an act to rezone property in Barrigada from a single-family dwelling to a multiple-family dwelling. Two override attempts also failed on vetoed Bill 205 and line item veto on Bill 223.

Lawmakers recessed session until 3pm today.

Below are a list of bills, resolutions and confirmations passed today by lawmakers:

Bill No. 61-32 (COR) - T.C. Ada

An act to add a new § 67101.7 of Chapter 67, Title 21, Guam Code Annotated, relative to adopting the Guam Tropical Energy Code (GTEC).

 

Bill No. 70-32 (COR) - V.A. Ada

An act to add a new Article 8 to Chapter 32 of 5GCA relative to Gift Cards and Gift Certificates.

 

Bill No. 71-32 (COR) - V.A. Ada / B.J.F. Cruz

An act to repeal Paragraph (34) of §26203 of Chapter 26 of 11GCA relative to business privilege tax exemptions.

 

Bill No. 130-32 (COR) - T.C. Ada

An act to amend §1106.(k) of Chapter 1 Title 22 Guam Code Annotated relative to imposing fines for employing aliens without lawful work status.

 

Bill No. 146-32 (LS) - V.A. Ada / B.T. McCreadie / F.B. Aguon, Jr. / R.J. Respicio

An act to add a new Article 3 to Chapter 37 of 9GCA relative to Castle Doctrine.

 

Bill No. 169-32 (LS) - T.R. Muña Barnes

An act to rezone Lot No. 5168-4, located in the municipality of Tamuning, from Single-Family Dwelling Zone (R1) to Light Industrial Zone (M1).

 

Bill No. 179-32 (COR) - B.J.F. Cruz / T.R. Muña Barnes / J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D.

An act to amend P.L. 30-83 relative to the coordinating committee of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts of 2016.

 

Bill No. 180-32 (COR) - B.J.F. Cruz / T.C. Ada

An act to amend Section 30102(a) of Chapter 30, Title 5 Guam Code Annotated, to require agencies permitted to retain counsel other than the Attorney General, to hire unclassified, in-house counsel.

 

Bill No. 190-32 (COR) - B.J.F. Cruz / J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to a new Chapter 28 to Division 2 of Title 17 Guam Code Annotated relative to the establishment of the Research Corporation, University of Guam (RCUOG).

 

Bill No. 192-32 (COR) - B.J.F. Cruz

An act to add a new § 64.15, § 64.16, and § 64.17 to Chapter 64 of Title 9 of the Guam Code Annotated; relative to the prohibition and forfeiture of electronic machines or devices to conduct sweepstakes gambling.

 

Bill No. 197-32 (COR) - J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / T.R. Muña Barnes

An act to add a new §3223 to Chapter 3 of Title 17 Guam Code Annotated, relative to Honorary High School Diplomas for certain senior citizens.

 

SBill No. 201-32 (COR) - B.J.F. Cruz

An act to add a new §5141 to Chapter 5 of Title 5 of the Guam Code Annotated; relative to establishing system of training, continuing education, and certification for Government of Guam procurement personnel.

 

Bill No. 202-32 (COR) - V.A. Ada / C.M. Dueñas

An add a new Article 3 to Chapter 37 of 9GCA relative to carjacking.

 

Bill No. 204-32 (COR) - M.T. Limtiaco / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / T.A. Morrison / C.M. Dueñas / V.A. Ada

An act to amend §§7105-7108 of 17 GCA, relative to the authorization of commercial advertising leases; to authorize the Department of Public Works to establish a commercial advertising space program on school buses; and, to establish the DPW Bus Maintenance Fund.

 

Bill No. 206-32 (COR) - B.J.F. Cruz

An act to amend subsection (C) of §26603, of Article 6, Chapter 26, of Title 11, Guam Code Annotated, relative to establishing tax parity between cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

 

Bill No. 214-32 (COR) - M.F.Q. San Nicolas

An act to allow employees of government of Guam agencies and instrumentalities to apply payroll deductions to registered non-profits, by amending §20111 of Article 1, Chapter 20, Title 5, Guam Code Annotated.

 

Bill No. 215-32 (COR) – AS SUBSTITUTED BY THE AUTHOR AND FURTHER SUBSTITUTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND AMENDED ON THE FLOOR—

T.R. Muña Barnes / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to provide for a binding referendum during the 2014 general election to determine whether amendments to Title 10 of the Guam Code Annotated to add a new article 24 to Chapter 12 relative to allowing the medical use of cannabis, amending provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, providing penalties, and for other purposes, also known as the Joaquin ("KC") Concepcion, II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013 shall be allowed within the Territory of Guam.

 

Bill No. 221-32 (COR) - D.G. Rodriguez, Jr.

An act relative to re-zoning Lot No. 1106-2NEW, located in the municipality of Mangilao, from Single-Family Residential ("R-1") to Commercial ("C"), for purposes of establishing a medical clinic and health care related commercial activity.

 

Bill No. 225-32 (COR) AS AMENDED BY THE AUTHOR AND FURTHER AMENDED ON THE FLOOR— J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / T.R. Muña Barnes / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to add a new Chapter 58D to Title 5 of the Guam Code Annotated, relative to the renovation or construction of a new Simon Sanchez High School and to amend and renumber §22425(q) Article 4, Chapter 22, Division 2, Title 5, Guam Code Annotated, relative to revaluation of real property taxes and to amend §53101 of Title 17 Guam Code Annotated, relative to Early Childhood Program Fund.

 

Bill No. 226-32 (COR) AS AMENDED ON THE FLOOR— J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / T.R. Muña Barnes

An act to add a new Chapter 58D to Title 5 Guam Code Annotated relative to the finance, design, renovation, rehabilitation, construction or maintenance of public schools.

 

Bill No. 231-32 (COR) - T.R. Muna Barnes

An act to rezone Lot no. 22, Block no. 4, Tract no. 170, West Acres subdivision, Dededo, Guam from single-family dwelling (R-1) to multiple-family dwelling (R-2).

 

Bill No. 232-32 (COR) - T.R. Muna Barnes

An act to rezone Lot no. 23, Block no. 4, Tract no. 170, West Acres subdivision, Dededo, Guam from single-family dwelling (R-1) to multiple-family dwelling (R-2).

 

Bill No. 235-32 (COR) AS SUBSTITUTED ON THE FLOOR- V.C. Pangelinan

An act to add a new Section 19 to part I, Chapter II of Public Law 32-068 and to amend Section 1303, Chapter 1, Article 3, Title 5 of the Guam Code Annotated, relative to upholding the intent of i liheslatura's annual appropriations to the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) for every fiscal year and for funding to address the deferred maintenance needs of the George Washington High School, the retrofitting of unused buildings and facilities at Southern High School, for GDOE central offices and for other facilities and maintenance needs of the GDOE.

 

Bill No. 236-32 (COR) - A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / T.C. Ada

An act to add new Section 3102.5 and Section 3102.6 through Section 3102.8 to Chapter 3 of Title 16, Guam Code Annotated relative to authorizing the Department of Revenue and Taxation to outsource the driver testing requirement for certain commercial driver's licenses, and to the reciprocation of commercial driver's licenses.

 

Bill No. 237-32 (COR) - J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act to amend subsection 12107(c)(4), subsection 12107(f) and subsection 12107(g) of Chapter 12, Title 17, Guam Code Annotated, relative to the Guam Academy Charter School Act of 2009.

 

Bill No. 242-32 (COR) - B.T. McCreadie

An act to amend §28.65 of Chapter 28, Title 9, Guam Code Annotated, relative to the crime of indecent exposure.

 

Bill No. 245-32 (COR) - V.C. Pangelinan

An act to amend Sections 8144, 8145, and 8149, Article 1, Chapter 8, Title 4 of the Guam Code Annotated relative to custodians, investment agents, and bank deposits.

 

Bill No. 247-32 (COR) - F.B. Aguon, Jr.

An act relative to expanding the Guam Slayer's Statute that would prohibit inheritance by a person who murders someone from whom he or she stands to inherit; through the repeal and reenactment of §819 of Chapter 8, Title 15, Guam Code Annotated.

 

Bill No. 248-32 (COR) - V.C. Pangelinan

An act to appropriate twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) from the General Fund to allow the Government of Guam to pay for an inverse condemnation settlement pursuant to Superior Court of Guam Civil Case No. CV1158-12

 

Resolution No. 186-32 (COR) As Introduced - F.B. Aguon, Jr. / V.A. Ada / B.T. McCreadie

Relative to respectfully requesting President Barak Obama, Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the United States Congress to permanently station a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and a Patriot Missile Defense System on Guam for the protection of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the neighboring islands throughout Micronesia, and the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Resolution No. 234-32 (COR) As Introduced - B.T. McCreadie

Relative to supporting Guam's application for membership with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

 

Resolution No. 279-32 (LS) - T.R. Muña Barnes / R.J Respicio/ J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D.

Relative to promoting affordable alternative regional transportation between Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands by means of a Ferry Service or similar vessels.

 

Resolution No. 312-32 (LS) - V.C. Pangelinan / M.F.Q. San Nicolas

Relative to requesting Declaratory Judgment from the Supreme Court of Guam as to the withdrawal of funds from the Income Tax Refund Efficient Payment Trust Fund for purposes other than the payment of Income Tax Refunds, and more particularly the interpretation and application of the prohibitions on the use of the Income Tax Refund Efficient Payment Trust Fund as set forth in 11 G.C.A. 50101, et seq. and 11 G.C.A. 51101, et seq.

 

CONFIRMATIONS

Executive Appointment of Ernesto V. Espaldon, Jr. as a Member of the Guam Economic Development Authority

 

Executive Appointment of Lawrence Alcairo as a Member o the Guam Council on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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