First day of legislative session features discussion on pay raise bill


Session resumes 10 a.m. Wednesday

Guam – Lawmakers discussed two key bills today, including Senator Frank Aguon Jr’s bill 4, which seeks to rollback raises for lawmakers, the governor and Lt. governor. Debate heated up however when senator Fernando Esteves proposed an amendment to include rolling back the raises given to the judiciary branch.


Tuesday marked the first day of session for the 34th legislature and the first official session in the new Guam Congress Building. Lawmakers spent most of the morning debating Speaker B.J. Cruz’s healthcare bill 3–which seeks to require Gov Guam to choose the most affordable and economical healthcare plan for Gov Guam employees and retirees. Then in the afternoon, lawmakers began discussion Aguon’s bill 4, which seeks to rollback raises for senators, the governor and Lt. governor. A total of three amendments were proposed to bill 4, all failing to make the final cut. Bills 3 and 4 were moved to the third reading file. Session resumes 10 a.m. Wednesday.