VIDEO: Bill Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving Passed, But Hands Free Devices Are Exempted

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Guam – Drivers beware, you won’t be able to use a hand held cell phone while operating a vehicle on Guam’s roads if a bill passed unanimously by the legislature Friday is signed into law by the Governor.  However, Bill 397 does exempts hands free devices. And there are exemption for emergency calls and two-way radios.

 

 

 

If bill 397 is signed into law by the governor it will restrict the use of mobile phones while operating a vehicle on Guam’s roads. There are some exceptions to the rule however, for example, the bill allows drivers to use their cell phone to make 911 calls. Communications related to commercial transportation operations are allowed along with HAM radios. The bill does allow drivers to use cell phones with a hands free device. If the bill is signed into law anyone caught even holding a mobile phone while driving will be punished by a 100 dollar fine for the first offense and a five hundred dollar fine for repeat offenses. If it is found that the use of a cell phone contributed to the cause of an accident the driver will be fined a thousand dollars and could have their license suspended or revoked.

 Lawmakers passed a total of 13 bills while rejecting one. Bill 158 failed which would’ve established an urgent care center for outpatient medical services within the Guam Memorial Hospital. Bill 362 or the bicycle safety act of 2012 was passed requiring bicycle riders on Guam’s roads or sidewalks who are under the age of sixteen to wear helmets. Bill 400 was passed unanimously allowing the Guam parole board to deliberate and vote in private under certain circumstances. Bill 341 was passed which would give mayors the authority to close non-routed roads for village funerals fiestas and other events. The bill abolishing the office of the adequate education Suruhanu or bill 248 was also passed this morning.

 Other bills passed included bill 289 or the “Disaster Service Volunteer Leave Act”, bill 190 which allows certified private instructors to administer the road test for drivers licenses, bill 276 which requires public health to conduct a feasibility study on providing after-hour urgent care services in public health centers, bill 300 amending the authorization of the Department of Agriculture to administer and collect fees, bill 326 requiring all GovGuam agenices to accept applications filings and forms for services via the internet, and bill 399 which is relative to survivor annuities.

 Lawmakers also confirmed the nominations of Joseph Duenas and Alexandra Taitano to the solid waste authority board of directors, Michael Pangelinan to the PUC, and Jonathan Ulloa to the Guam Unarmed Combat Commission.

BILLS PASSED

Bill  No.  190‐31 (LS) ‐  As  Amended  by  the  Committee  on  Appropriations,  Taxation, Public Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement & Land (by A.A. Yamashita, PhD)
AN ACT TO AMEND § 31A05(a) OF ARTICLE 1A OF CHAPTER 3 OF TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO DRIVER’S LICENSES ROAD TESTING.

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No. 248‐31
(COR) – As Substituted by the Committee on Education and Public  Libraries. (by Judith P. Guthertz, DPA)
AN  ACT  TO  REPEAL  CHAPTER  11  OF  TITLE  17  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED RELATIVE  TO  ABOLISHING  THE  OFFICE  OF  THE  ADEQUATE  EDUCATION SURUHANU.

(12 yea, 3 nay) (Senator Pangelinan /Note: Speaker Won Pat and Senator Barnes passed three times which counts as a “nay” vote.)

Bill No. 276‐31
(COR) – Sponsored by V. A. Ada, v. c. pangelinan
AN  ACT  TO  REQUIRE  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH  AND  SOCIAL SERVICES  TO  CONDUCT  A  FEASIBILITY  STUDY  ON  PROVIDING  AFTER‐HOUR URGENT  CARE  SERVICES  IN  THE  PUBLIC  HEALTH  CENTERS.

(13  yea,  2  nay) Senator Rodriguez/Note: Speaker Won Pat passed three times which counts as a “nay” vote.)

Bill No. 289‐31 (COR) – Sponsored by C. M. Duenas, V. A. Ada, F. F. Blas, Jr.,  A. B. Palacios, Sr.
AN  ACT  TO  AMEND  CHAPTER  16  OF  TITLE  4,  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE “DISASTER SERVICE VOLUNTEER LEAVE ACT”. (12 yea, 2 nay, 1 excused vote)  (Senator pangelinan/Note: Speaker Won Pat passed three times which counts as a “nay” vote)

Bill No. 300‐31
(LS) – As Substituted by the Committee on Rules, Federal Foreign & Micronesian Affairs and Human & Natural Resources (by S. Mabini, Ph.D.)
AN  ACT  AMENDING  TITLE  5  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED,  CHAPTER  60,  §60113 ITEM  “A,”  AND  THE  ADDITION  OF  A  NEW  §60113  ITEM  “B”,  RELATIVE  TO AMENDING THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO
ADMINISTER AND COLLECT FEES.

(14 yea, 1 nay) (Senator pangelinan)

Bill No. 326‐31 (COR) – Sponsored by M. Silva Taijeron
AN  ACT  TO  ADD  A  NEW  SECTION  10313  TO  ARTICLE  3,  CHAPTER  10,  TITLE  5  OF  THE  GUAM  CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO REQUIRING ALL GOVERNMENT OF GUAM DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS, FILINGS AND FORMS FOR SERVICES VIA THE INTERNET.

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No 341‐31 (COR) – Sponsored by B.J.F. Cruz
AN  ACT  TO  ADD  A  NEW  SUBSECTION  (r)  TO  §  40112  OF  TITLE  5  OF  THE  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED; RELATIVE TO EMPOWERING THE MAYORS WITH THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE NON ROUTED ROADS FOR VILLAGE FUNERALS, FIESTAS, AND OTHER EVENTS.

(12 yea, 3 nay) (Senator (Tom) Ada, pangelinan/Note: Speaker Won Pat passed three times which counts as a “nay” vote.)

Bill No. 362‐31 (LS) – As Amended by the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary.  (by F. F. Blas, Jr.)
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 27 TO TITLE 16 18 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO BICYCLE SAFETY, AND TO CITE THE ACT AS THE “BICYCLE SAFETY ACT OF 2012 2011.”

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No. 369‐31 (COR) – Sponsored by: v. c. pangelinan
AN  ACT  TO  ZONE  THE  PREVIOUSLY  UNZONED  LOT  NO.  1060‐5‐1,  IN  THE  MUNICIPALITY  OF BARRIGADA, TO SINGLE‐FAMILY DWELLING (R‐1).

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No. 370‐31
(COR) Sponsored by: v. c. pangelinan
AN  ACT  TO  ZONE  THE  PREVIOUSLY  UNZONED  LOT  NO.  1060‐5‐2,  IN  THE  MUNICIPALITY  OF BARRIGADA, TO SINGLE‐FAMILY DWELLING (R‐1).

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No. 397‐31 (COR) – As Substituted by the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary.  (by A. B. Palacios, Sr., T. C. Ada)
AN ACT TO AMEND §3346 OF CHAPTER 3, TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, AND TO ADD A NEW §3346.1 OF CHAPTER 3, TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO RESTRICTING THE USE OF MOBILE  PHONES  WHILE  OPERATING  A  VEHICLE,  AND  PROVIDING  FOR  PUBLIC  EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS REGARDING SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No. 399‐31 (LS) – As Substituted by the Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Public Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement and Land (by v. c. pangelinan)
AN ACT TO REPEAL IN ITS ENTIRETY SECTION 2 OF PUBLIC LAW NO. 26‐10, TO AMEND SUBSECTION 8104(l), SUBSECTION 8104(v) AND TO REPEAL AND RE‐ENACT SECTION 8134 OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 8, TITLE 4 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO SURVIVOR ANNUITIES.

(15 yea, 0 nay)

Bill No. 400‐31
(LS) – As Amended by the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary.  (by Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr.)
AN ACT TO AMEND §85.26 OF CHAPTER 85, 9GCA, RELATIVE TO THE CONDUCT OF DELIBERATIONS AND VOTING ON PAROLE ACTIONS BY THE GUAM PAROLE BOARD.

(15 yea, 0 nay)

BILL FAILED PASSAGE

BILL NO. 158‐31(COR) – Sponsored by: Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH AN URGENT CARE CENTER FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES WITHIN THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PREMISES TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION AND COSTS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM,  BY ADDING A NEW §80122 TO CHAPTER 80, DIVISION 4, TITLE 10 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED.

(7 yea, 8 nay) (Senator (Tony) Ada, Blas, Duenas, Mabini, pangelinan, Silva Taijeron, Yamashita/Note: Speaker passed three times which counts as a “nay” vote.)  

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Duenas, Joseph W. ‐ Member, Board of Directors, Solid Waste Authority           (15 yea, 0 nay)
Pangelinan, Michael A. – Member, Public Utilities Commission                         (15 yea, 0 nay)
Taitano, Alexandra L.G. ‐ Member, Board of Directors, Solid Waste Authority  (15 yea, 0 nay)
Ulloa, Jonathan – Member, Guam Unarmed Combat Commission                       (15 yea, 0 nay)