by Ken Quintanilla
Guam - Police officers who are owed overtime could soon be seeing a check. Governor Eddie Calvo today signed Bill 350 into law. The legislation authorizes $688,000 from FY14 General Fund revenues to pay prior year GPD OT. Governor Eddie Calvo says they are processing the payment within the next two weeks. The governor also signed legislation that funds island-wide flood mitigation projects and another bill that would help about 200 social workers to continue to serve Guamanians who need their help.
Governor Calvo also signed Bill 307 into public law that would allow the Judicial Council to adopt pay schedules and plans for non-law enforcement employees of the Judiciary of Guam. It would also appropriate $510,000 from the General Fund to the unified judiciary for the Fiscal Year 2014 salary and benefit increases of its classified and unclassified non-law enforcement employees.
Senator Ben Pangelinan and Vice Speaker BJ Cruz’s Bill 309 meanwhile was vetoed by Governor Calvo. The measure would prioritize the uses of any excess Section 30 revenues to include fully funding hay pay raises, hiring more police officers and renovating George Washington High School. The Governor’s Office had previously called the bill “completely irresponsible.”