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Senators in session

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - 24 hours after Governor Eddie Calvo vetoed Bill 268, the Democrats Hay pay raise bill. Speaker Judi Won Pat called the legislature into session for 4:30 this afternoon.

But session got underway an hour late. And just minutes ago Senator Michael San Nicolas requested his vetoed Bill 268 be placed in the voting file. The freshman senator said this entire saga began when the governor submitted his pay plan three weeks ago. He said there were questions that were never answered by the Calvo Administration regarding how much his proposal was going to cost.   He proceeded to discuss the evolution of Bill 268 and how it was legislation he crafted with a lot of involvement with his colleagues to try to make sure that they implement a hay plan that is fair and one that takes care of classified and unclassified employees. One that he said would be responsible.

He also criticized the administration for what he called misdirections with his messages and videos of DOA employees preparing boxes of information that he said they still never received.

Vice Speaker BJ Cruz meanwhile rose in support of an override saying what is at stake is the independence and integrity of this branch of government.

Prior to discussion on Bill 268 senators added several others bills and resolutions to session agenda including resolution 316.  A public hearing was held on the measure earlier this week. The resolution sends a message to the nation's capitol that Guam is being treated unfairly with the implementation of Obamacare.

 

After two hours of debate on Bill 268 the override attempt failed. The vote was 7-yes, 5-no and 3-excused absences. The vote was straight down party lines. Senators Tony Ada, Tom Ada and Rory Respicio were not present.

Senators also passed the following measures:

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.

Resolution No. 316-32 (COR) As Introduced - D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / B.J.F. Cruz / C.M. Dueñas

Relative to expressing the concerns of I Liheslaturan Guåhan [32nd Guam Legislature] relative to the applicability of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Guam, and requesting equitable reconsideration of its applicability to Guam by the President of the United States of America, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Health and Human Services.

 

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