According to Bordallo, provisions to the bill will allow local elections to be run by local officials, using local rules.
Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has introduced, as planned, a bill to amend the Organic Act of Guam. PNC Washington Corresponded, Matt Kay, reports:
M. K. Bordallo says local elections should be run by local officials, using local rules, and not generate the kind of recent divisiveness caused in Guam–which is why the Congresswoman has just introduced legislation to update the Organic Act of Guam in two areas.
“The first, I want to point out, prohibits changes to the salaries for the Governor of Guam, Lieutenant Governor of Guam, and the senators of Guam legislature, until after a general election of the legislature has passed.”
Bordallo’s bill also removes an arbitrary federal residency requirement for local candidates, and leaves it up to local officials and local law–not the federal government–to set residency rules. Bordallo says her provisions mirror the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and build on the Guam Legislature’s Resolution 2-33, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority.
“Every state in the Union, determines the qualifications for their elected officials, and I think that Guam has the political maturity to decide for themselves, who should be eligible to run for public office,” she says. Bordallo herself, was once a local official–Lieutenant Governor–but says the issue wasn’t big, until now.
“Sometimes, when you’re.. the topic is out in front, and there’s a lot of debate, then you decide to look these things up and it’s nowhere else, and I don’t know how it got into the Organic Act.”
But Bordallo says these provisions should have been changed “years ago.”