It was a rocky start for the emergency legislative session called today to consider a bill to recall jailed Yona Mayor Jesse Blas.
Acting Speaker Telena Nelson summoned her colleagues to act on her Bill 259 which would authorize the recall and provide the roughly $23,000 needed to pay for it.
The special session was supposed to get started at 10 a.m. this morning but didn’t get underway until noon.
Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje raised an objection. He and four of the five Republican senators voted against continuing but the majority prevailed.
Lawmakers then adjourned until 2 p.m. to allow witnesses to be called into the Committee of the Whole.
“The reality is that we know drugs are being trafficked through mailboxes in Yona and there is a climate of fear because of the absence of leadership in Yona. Bill 259 would give voters of the village the option of choosing new leadership,” Sen. Nelson said.
Sen. Joe San Agustin, the finance committee chair, read an email from Bureau of Budget Management and Research Director Lester Carlson who reminded the senators that no funds are available to pay for a recall election.
BBMR’s position remains firm, wrote Carlson in his email to the Vice Speaker, that GovGuam is in a deficit and funds are not available.
The session is continuing at this hour. No vote on Nelson’s bill had occurred as of news time.