Guam - A resolution creating the Guam Legislative Freedom of Information Advisory Council was officially adopted last week. The council was created after then-acting speaker Rory Respicio criticized the transparency of the Calvo Administration in the speaker's weekly address last Monday saying it is "really nothing more than political rhetoric and that in reality our government is shrouded in dark secrecy like no other time before in the history of our island." The Governor's Office responded that the comments were baseless and without merit.
The council would promote transparency in GovGuam and would consist of 12 members including the attorney general, representatives of the media, the legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches of government as well as members of the public. The council will provide training on the local open government laws and will be open for suggestions for changes in the law.
Respicio says members will be appointed this week.