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If adopted, they could results in millions of dollars in revenue for the Chamorro Land Trust Commission. And today, lawmakers reconvened to discuss the rules and regulations for commercial leases under the CLTC.

David Matanane said, "Very good and hopefully we can resolve this after waiting for so long - it's been a long time awaiting." According to Matanane, the CLTC chairman, it's a wait that dates back almost two decades. After being approved by the CLTC earlier this year, the rules were transmitted to the Guam Legislature over the summer.

Department of Land Management director Michael Borja said, "These rules allow the CLTC to be able to make some money from the use of lands for commercial purposes so we can do the investment into the lands that are going to be used for the residential and agricultural use for the people." Session was called this week to address the rules which were amended and introduced through Substitute Bill 139 by Senator Tom Ada. Today, lawmakers like Speaker Judi Won Pat were given a chance to address any general comments or concerns on the rules.

The speaker said, "The way the bill is presented, it appears to be open-ended and there's no protection there whatsoever to make sure that we follow the intent of this law which is to address of course residential and agricultural properties made available for our people."

Borja meanwhile says these commercial rules would also help the CLTC garner millions in revenue to fund infrastructure for CLTC property. Some of the areas that these commercial rules would address include Oka Point in Tamuning, property along major roadways and industrial areas in Santa Rita. "It's been some very good dialogue and we just want to have a good working document when we're finally done, and it will just still take us a while before we begin moving with a lot of these things but at least it sets us up to do a whole lot of other activities more than just leasing lands, it's not just leasing the lands, but being able to even engage in commercial activities that have nothing to do with anyone using our lands for commercial purposes," he explained.

late this afternoon, lawmakers ended voting on an act to instead disapprove the proposed CLTC rules and regulations as transmitted by the governor to the speaker on June 3. Borja calls action by lawmakers as a "setback" saying the legislature had 90 days to act on the rules that were submitted and they choose not to. because of this, we're not able to have the ability to obtain revenue that will assist in infrastructure development and surveying of CLTC property."

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