Bill to limit emergency to extension and procurement powers heard yesterday


Bill 399-35 — which imposes limitations on the governor’s ability to renew a declaration of emergency as well as enact emergency procurement measures — was heard yesterday.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Will Castro.

Castro said in a press release this morning that “Guam law currently addresses the declaration, enforcement and termination of a state of public health emergency but does not include measures specific to the renewal of declarations.”

The law does not limit the governor’s authority to declare an initial state of emergency, but does call for certain conditions to be met before the governor can renew the state of emergency or renew emergency procurement powers.

The current state of emergency due to the pandemic was initially declared on March 13 and has been renewed seven times.