Draft bill would eliminate accrued leave for GovGuam officials

According to Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, these new provisions are necessary to support the island's bar and restaurant industries which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. (PNC file photo)

Finance committee chairman Sen. Joe S. San Agustin says he is preparing legislation that would eliminate all accrued leave for all elected and appointed government of Guam officials, including those at autonomous agencies.

Accrued annual leave for Guam senators ended in 2013. According to PNC records, the ban took effect soon after 13 of 15 senators claimed more than $100,000 in accrued leave that year.

However, mayors, vice mayors, and other appointed officials continue to accrue and cash-out their annual leave.

San Agustin says the cost to Guam taxpayers amounts to tens of thousands of dollars a year. His bill would put a stop to that.

“Senators don’t accrue leave, so nobody else should be accruing leave, elected. And that’s my goal and that’s the intent of the bill we’re drafting and to include appointed officials like director and deputy directors and remember like I mentioned, even the autonomous agencies should be on the same line,” the senator said.

San Agustin says he is putting the finishing touches on the bill now and expects to introduce the bill shortly.