by Krystal Paco
Guam – A measure that didn't have a public hearing is Bill 278. You may recall during the governor's State of the Island Address last Thursday, lawmakers passed the legislation. It would freeze raises for all elected leaders and cabinet members to October 1, 2013 levels. Because of session on the measure, lawmakers missed most and some didn't even attend the State of the Island Address at the Plaza De Espana. Deputy press secretary Phil Leon Guerrero says the measure is under review but not because it affects the governor, lt. Governor or senators salaries, but how it affects cabinet members.
"There's certain disparities that the governor wants to correct and the bill really would do away with these raises for the hardworking cabinet so I think when it comes to bill it how affect his cabinets that the governor is really reviewing before he acts on it," he said.
The bill passed with a vote of 11-4 with all the democrats and republican Senators Chris Duenas and Michael Limtiaco voting in favor. Leon Guerrero says the governor is also taking the vote into consideration as he reviews the bill.