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Guam lawmakers went to the voting file Monday and passed 9 bills, 1 resolution and approved 12 nominations to various committees and boards.

Following five days of session last week, Guam lawmakers went to the voting file Monday and passed 9 bills, 1 resolution and approved 12 nominations to various committees and boards.

One of the most controversial measures, and the one that was subject to the most debate, was Speaker Tina Muna Barnes’ Bill No. 86-35, which would regulate the size and placement of digital signage. The vote was 9 to 4. Voting no were senators Kelly Marsh, Sabina Perez, Telo Taitague, Therese Terlaje.

No other ‘no’ votes were cast on any of the other eight bills that were each approved by a vote of 13-0. Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres were granted excused absences.

Among those other bills was Sen. Therese Terlaje’s Bill No. 172-35, which would ensure that pre-sentence reports and assessments are done prior to the release of any offender on parole.

Sen. Amanda Shelton won approval for her Bill No. 13-35 which would establish criminal penalties for those who financially exploit the elderly or the disabled.

Bill 157-35, also introduced by Shelton, would require convicted sexual offenders whose cases are under appeal to register with the Guam Sex Offender registry.

Sen. Telo Taitague’s Bill No. 5-35 was also passed. It would create a task force to establish priorities for the rehabilitation of Guam Memorial Hospital and/or construction of a new public hospital.

BILLS:

  1. No. 13-35: Sen. Amanda Shelton – relative to protecting elderly persons and disabled adults from financial exploitation by providing criminal punishment for those who harm our Manåmko’ and individuals with disabilities. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

2. Bill No. 40-35: Sen. Telo Taitague – relative to establishing the “alcoholic beverage compliance fees and fines fund.” *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

3. Bill No. 86-35: Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes – Relative to exterior on-premise signage in the Tumon Bay H resort-hotel zone and defining and regulating digital signs. *Vote: 9 yeas, 4 nays – Senators Kelly Marsh, Sabina Flores Perez, Telo T. Taitague, Therese M. Terlaje

4. Bill No. 127-35: Sen. Kelly Marsh – Relative to officially establishing an annual peace officers memorial day on Guam. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

5. Bill No. 131-35: Sen. Telo Taitague – Relative to healthy futures fund proceeds authorized for the Guam Memorial Hospital authority line of credit. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

6. Bill No. 150-35: Sen. Kelly Marsh – Relative to expanding the scope of function and membership of the Islandwide Beautification Task Force. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

7. Bill No. 157-35: Sen. Amanda Shelton – relative to requiring convicted sexual offenders whose cases are under appeal to retain their absolute duty to register as sex offenders with the Judiciary of Guam probation division. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

8. Bill No. 5-35: Sen. Telo Taitague – Relative to developing a new public hospital facility through the establishment of the “Espetåt-ta, Lina’lå-ta;  Our Hospital, Our life Planning task force. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

9. Bill No. 172-35: Sen. Therese Terlaje – Relative to ensuring pre-sentence reports and assessments are utilized by the Guam parole board prior to the release of any offender on parole. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Resolution No. 249-35: Sen. Telena Cruz Nelson – Relative to supporting the Guam Department of Education in its efforts to address its high-risk designation and specific conditions; and returning financial management and control over federal funds. *Vote: 13 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

NOMINEES CONFIRMED:

1. Anthony P. Benavente to the Civil Service Commission. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

2. John A. Smith to the Civil Service Commission. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

3. Roland C. Biscoe to the Guam Banking and Insurance Board. *Confirmed (12 yeas, 1 excused from voting – Senator Régine Biscoe Lee; and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

4. John McKinnon to the Guam Banking and Insurance Board. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

5. Michael A. Sgro to the Guam Banking and Insurance Board. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

6. Peter L. Valdez to the Guam Banking and Insurance Board. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

7. Joseph I. Cruz to serve as a Member of the CHamoru Land Trust Commission. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

8. Doris F. Brooks to the Public Utilities Commission. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho
Torres)

9. Elizabeth T. Fisher to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

10. Earl J. Garrido to the Guam Board of Equalization. *Confirmed (12 yeas, 1 excused from voting – Senator Sabina Flores Perez; and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

11. Nolan G.T. Flores to the Guam Public Library System, Board of Directors. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

12. Nicole B. Nelson to the Guam Public Library System, Board of Directors. *Confirmed (14 yeas and 2 excused absences – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Senator Mary Camacho Torres)

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