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The legislature has released a summary of its finances and accomplishments in an annual report. "They're more conscious you know, rather than just introducing bills because they want to put their name out with the number of bills but I'm convinced that they're doing their very best," said Pascual Sablan from Agana Heights.

Sablan spoke highly of Guam's policy makers. Sablan says he's noticed Guam's senators are a lot more conscious. As Sablan has shared his thoughts, the legislature has produced a progress report of their own.

The 34th Guam Legislature released their Citizen Centric Report. Legislative Executive Director, Jermaine Alerta says the report is mandated by law and that every GovGuam entity put one together for the public to see. Additionally, the law states the report must be formatted so the data can be easily understood.

It was during the 30th Guam legislature, the law was enacted to address the public's need for better fiscal accountability. It states that "poor performance has created a problem of trust between citizens and their government."

Jean Quitugua from Dededo says she has noticed legislation these days is geared toward the island's families. But Quitugua says it may be too early to rate the current legislature. "Give them some time to learn more about their jobs," Quitugua said.

"It's still too young to actually draw a fair conclusion on their performances."

Taking a look at the numbers: for Fiscal Year 2016, the legislature spent a total of $8.6 million, with nearly $6 million in Salaries and $1.2 million in benefits. For FY 2017 as of March at the end of the 2nd Quarter, the Legislature spent a total of $4.9 million with salaries again taking the bulk of expenditures at $3 million.

The report also reflected on the 33rd Guam Legislature's performance with 411 Bills Introduced, 255 Passed, and 240 Public Laws Enacted. The current legislature has introduced 159 bills to date.

Dededo resident Rolly Manuntag says he's seen an "okay" job with policymakers from both the previous and present legislature saying they seem to be enacting bills that are pertinent to the current state of the island. "The only problem is in the implementing side that should be followed through," he said.

"If they only plan and pass bills and no funding, then it's useless."

The full report is available on the legislature's website at guamlegislature.com.

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