VIDEO: 3 Strikes, Home Invasion & 9 Other Bills Now Law

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Guam –  Two tough crime bills are now law after Governor Eddie Calvo signed them and 9 other measures Friday at Adelup.

One of the new laws is Senator Brant McCreadie’s  “3 Strikes and You’re Out” measure which will now require Judges to sentence anyone who is convicted of a third violent felony to be sentenced to life in prison.

Senator Tony Ada’s home invasion Bill #119 has also become law. It requires an additional minimum 10 year sentence for anyone who breaks into an occupied home. That would be on top of whatever sentence is imposed for breaking and entering.

Among the other bills signed by the Governor were Senator Tommy Morrision’s limited helmet law requiring a helmet be worn by all motorcycle riders under the age of 18. And the use of a helmet by anyone,  of any age, who has less than 3-years experience on a motorcycle.

Senator Mike Limtiaco’s Bed & Breakfast bill also got the Governor’s OK,  Senator Tina Muna-Barnes’ Bill #117 was also signed. It will allow CAPE volunteers to enforce the hand-bill ban in Tumon. And Senator Respicio’s Bill #48 which defines the educational and professional requirements for licensed professional mental health professionals and family therapists.  

READ the release from the Governor’s Office on ALL the bills signed below:

“These new laws will grow Guam’s economy and protect her people.  This administration is proud to support initiatives that create jobs and support the Department of Revenue and Taxation’s mission to capture tax revenue.  Recent events also underscore the need for tougher crime laws.  I thank the Legislature for passing bills that provide stiffer penalties for dangerous, violent, and repeat criminals.”

– Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

Governor Calvo signs 11 Bills into law

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has signed 11 bills into law that pave the way for new economic initiatives, provide support to the Department of Revenue and Taxation, and create tougher penalties for criminals. Senators Tony Ada, Tina Muña Barnes, Mike Limtiaco, Brant McCreadie, Rory Respicio, and Aline Yamashita attended a signing ceremony in the Governor’s Cabinet Conference Room for the measures.

Creating a Bed & Breakfast industry

The first Bill Governor Calvo signed was Bill No. 92-32, now Public Law 32-045.  The measure would change zoning laws to allow for Bed & Breakfast establishments.  It was authored by Sen. Mike Limtiaco.

“I’m excited for the start of this new industry.  I encourage anyone interested in this potential business to contact my office for more information,” Sen. Limtiaco said.

Increasing the penalty for home invasions

Governor Calvo also signed Bill No. 119-32 as Public Law No. 32-047.  The measure, authored by Sen. Tony Ada, adds the crime of home invasion into law.  The new law punishes those who commit this crime with a first-degree felony, and imposes a minimum of ten years of prison for those found guilty.  According to the law, any sentence for home invasion may not be suspended, and shall run consecutively to any other sentence for other crimes committed in conjunction with the home invasion.

Helping DRT capture more tax revenue

Public Law No. 32-055, which was introduced as Bill No. 127-32, will help the resource-strapped Department of Revenue and Taxation capture more tax revenue.  The law will appropriate $100,000 to DRT to help implement the “Cash Economy Enforcement Act of 2011.”  That program aims to properly assess taxes to cash-based transactions and businesses.

“DRT and its employees do the best they can with the limited resources it has.  I thank Speaker Won Pat, Senator Muña Barnes and the other senators who put their money where their mouths are.  These lawmakers understand the tough position these employees are in, so they are willing to give the support to DRT to capture more tax revenue,” Governor Calvo said.

The 11 bills signed into law are:

1. Public Law No. 32-045 (Bill No. 92-32) – M.T. Limtiaco / T.R. Muña Barnes / V.C. Pangelinan / F.B. Aguon, Jr.

An act to add a new sub-item (1) to § 61103(q) of Article 1, and to amend §§ 61305(a), 61306(a), and 61307(b)(6) of Article 3, all of Title 21, Guam Code Annotated; and to amend §§ 30101 and 30102(a) of Chapter 30, Division 2 of Title 11, Guam Code Annotated, relative to allowing for Bed and Breakfasts in R1, R2 and Commercial Zones.

2. Public Law No. 32-046 (Bill No. 120-32) – F.B. Aguon, Jr. / R.J. Respicio / T.C. Ada / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / V.A. Ada / D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / B.J.F. Cruz / T.R. Muña Barnes / J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D.

An act to add a new § 79601.2 to Article 6 of Chapter 79, Title 21, Guam Code Annotated, relative to the establishment of a War on Terror Fallen Heroes Monument to honor Guam’s men and women who have courageously and selflessly served our island people and our nation in the War on Terror, and who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

3. Public Law No. 32-047 (Bill No. 119-32) – V.A. Ada / C.M. Dueñas / B.T. McCreadie / F.B. Aguon, Jr.

An act to amend the Title of Chapter 37, and to add a new Article 2 to Chapter 37 of Title 9, Guam Code Annotated, relative to Home Invasion.

4. Public Law No. 32-048 (Bill No. 117-32) – T.R. Muña Barnes / J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / B.T. McCreadie

An act to amend §§3705 and 3707 of Article 7, Chapter 3, Title 16, Guam Code Annotated, relative to expanding the duties of the Guam Police Department Community Assisted Policing Effort (CAPE) volunteers to include enforcement of the Handbilling Act, and for other purposes.

5. Public Law No. 32-049 (Bill No. 107-32) – B.T. McCreadie / D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / T.R. Muña Barnes / M.F.Q. San Nicolas / V.A. Ada / M.T. Limtiaco / R.J. Respicio / T.A. Morrison / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / F.B. Aguon, Jr.

An act to add a new §80.50 to Article 2 of Chapter 80, Title 9, Guam Code Annotated, relative to creating a “Three Strikes” provision for habitual offenders of serious crimes.

6. Public Law No. 32-050 (Bill No. 109-32) – M.F.Q. San Nicolas / B.J.F. Cruz / V.C. Pangelinan / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D. / F.B. Aguon, Jr.

An act to amend §26205 of Article 2, Chapter 26 of Title 11, Guam Code Annotated, relative to increasing the statute of limitations on the collection of unpaid business privilege taxes to Ten (10) years.

7. Public Law No. 32-051 (Bill No. 118-32) – D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / B.J.F. Cruz / V.A. Ada / M.F.Q. San Nicolas / J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / R.J. Respicio / B.T. McCreadie / T.A. Morrison / T.R. Muña Barnes

An act to add new §§ 3123, 3124, 3124.1 and 3125 to Article 1; to amend §3207 and add new §§ 3212.1, 3230, 3231 and 3232 of Article 2; and to amend §3613 of Article 6, all of Chapter 3, Title 11, Guam Code Annotated; and to add a new subsection (h) to §2105, a new subsection (c) to §2107, and a new §2111, all of Chapter 2, Title 3, Guam Administrative Rules and Regulations, relative to alcohol beverage control, and to be known as “The Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Act.”

8. Public Law No. 32-052 (Bill No. 87-32) – T.A. Morrison / M.F.Q. San Nicolas / C.M. Dueñas / B.J.F. Cruz / T.R. Muña Barnes / B.T. McCreadie / M.T. Limtiaco / T.C. Ada / F.B. Aguon, Jr.

An act to amend §§3305 and 3305.1, and subsections (i), (k) and (o) of §3101; and to add new §3101(p), all of Chapter 3 of Title 16, Guam Code Annotated, relative to amending the provisions of the motorcycle operators license and permit, and implementing a Limited Helmet Law.

9. Public Law No. 32-053 (Bill No. 97-32) – D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / T.R. Muña Barnes / V.C. Pangelinan

An act to appropriate available funds from the Guam Territorial Highway Fund to designate and prioritize certain capital improvement projects by the Department of Public Works for flood mitigation and other projects.

10. Public Law No. 32-054 (Bill No. 48-32) – R.J. Respicio / T.C. Ada / B.J.F. Cruz / A.A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

An act relative to defining the educational and professional requirements for licensed professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

11. Public Law No. 32-055 (Bill No. 127-32) – J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D. / T.R. Muña Barnes / R.J. Respicio / C.M. Dueñas

An act to appropriate the sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) escheated to the General Fund, pursuant to §21116 of Chapter 21, Division 2, Title 5, Guam Code Annotated, to the Department of Revenue and Taxation for the purpose of supporting the objectives of P.L. 31-135, also known as the “Cash Economy Enforcement Act of 2011″.