Guam - For the second time, lawmakers passed legislation to authorize funds for the purchase of new tabulation machines. Bill 377 introduced by Senator Rory Respicio would authorize $206,000 from Fiscal Year 2014 revenues to the Guam Election Commission for the purchase of a ballot tabulation system, ballot stock and coding services.

As we reported last week, the GEC was informed by BBMR that there was no funding in what’s called the supplemental appropriation revenue or SAR fund. A bill passed by senators during a recent session eventually lapsed into law last week authorized the appropriation from the SAR fund. With the primary election next month, the GEC urged Adelup and the Guam Legislature to find funding fast.

Lawmakers waived the public hearing requirement of Bill 377 and discussed on session floor this morning. Senator Brant McCreadie included an amendment to appropriate $668,000 from the FY2014 general fund revenue to the Guam Police Department for the purpose of paying prior year overtime incurred by the department. Public Law 32-168 had previously authorized the Governor to pay the GPD overtime.

Bill 377 passed with a vote of 13-yes and two excused absences.