FRIDAY SESSION: Concealed Firearms, Heavy Equipment for Mayors, Street Light Bill and 14 Others Passed

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Guam – Guam lawmakers went to the voting file Friday on Day 4 of the May Session.

17 bills were passed including Senator Tony Ada’s Bill  #296, a measure that makes it easier to get a concealed firearms license. It passed 13-2.  Senator B.J. Cruz and Speaker Judi Won voted against it.

Senator Respicio’s Bill # 220 ran into some opposition, but still managed to pass on a 9-6 vote. It appropriates $2-million from the Recycling fund to the Mayor purchase of  heavy equipment to clean up junked white goods, old cars and green waste from the villages. Voting no were Senators Tony Ada, Duenas, Limtiaco, McCreadie, Morrison and Yamashita.

Senator Tom Ada got unanimous approval for his once again revised Port Master Plan Bill #328. His Street Light Authority Bill #227 was approved by a narrower 10-5 margin. Senators Pangelinan, Rodriguez, Cruz, San Nicolas and Won Pat opposed.

The rules for importing cattle from CNMI to Guam were eased on a 14-1 vote with Senator Tom Ada voting no against Bill No. 297.  

Speaker Judi Won Pat’s Restorative Justice Bill #216 passed 15-0 and Senator Rodriguez’s  Bill #264 banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors cleared unanimously as well along with his Bill #275 , ensuring the sanctity of the Peer Review process at GMH.

Also, Maria Flor Herrero was confirmed to the Guam Board of Regents and MiChelle H. Taitano was confirmed to the the Guam Parole Board on 15-0 votes.

READ the release from Senator Respicio below:

May 9, 2014 For Immediate Release
SENATOR RESPICIO ISSUES SESSION UPDATE (Hagåtña, Guam) – Senator Rory J. Respicio, Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, reports that during this afternoon’s Session, Senators of the 32nd Guam Legislature voted on items listed below.

Session is adjourned subject to the call of the Speaker.

Voting File:

1. Bill No. 220-32 (LS) –  $2M to Mayors to buy heavy equitment for disposal of junk
* PASSED 9 yays, 6 nays
* VOTING NO>  Senator Tony Ada, Senator Chris Duenas, Senator Michael Limtiaco, Senator Brant McCreadie, Senator Tommy Morrison, and Senator Aline Yamashita, Ph.D.
* AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE MAYORS COUNCIL OF GUAM (MCOG) AND THE GUAM ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (GEPA) TO COLLABORATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF AN   OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS ACT; AND TO APPROPRIATE TWO MILLION DOLLARS ($2,000,000) FROM THE RECYCLING REVOLVING FUND TO THE   MAYORS COUNCIL OF GUAM FOR THE PURCHASE OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT TO BE UTILIZED BY THE MCOG FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF RECYCLABLES, JUNK CARS,   GREEN WASTE AND OTHER DEBRIS.
* As amended on the Floor – R.J. Respicio, T.R. Muña Barnes, Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D.

2. Bill No. 227-32 (COR) – Guam Street Light Authority
* PASSED 10 yays, 5 nays
* VOTING NO > Senator Ben Pangelinan, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, Senator Michael San Nicolas, and Speaker Judith Won Pat
* AN ACT TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 82 TO TITLE 12, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF THE GUAM STREETLIGHT AUTHORITY TO ISSUE BONDS TO FINANCE THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF NEW LED STREETLIGHTS.
* As substituted by the Committee on General Government Operations and Cultural Affairs; and amended on the Floor – T.C Ada, T.R. Muña Barnes, R.J. Respicio

3. Bill No. 203-32 (COR) – Electric Vehicle Rebate

* PASSED 11 yays, 4 nays
* VOTING NO> Senator Ben Pangelinan, Senator Rory Respicio, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, and Speaker Judith Won Pat
* AN ACT TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 45A TO DIVISION 2 OF TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING THE PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATE PROGRAM ACT.
* As substituted by the Committee on Appropriations, Public Debt, Legal Affairs, Retirement, Public Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation and Land; and amended on the Floor – Chris M. Dueñas, Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Tommy Morrison, V. Anthony Ada

4. Bill No. 279-32 (LS) – Study & 1 year pilot project to study beneficial use for discarded glass bottles
* PASSED 11 yays, 4 nays
* VOTING NO> Senator Chris Duenas, Senator Michael Limtiaco, Senator Ben Pangelinan, and Senator Tommy Morrison
* AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A GUAM ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY- CONDUCTED SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT STUDY AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A ONE-YEAR PILOT PROJECT DEMONSTRATING THE ABILITY OF GUAM TO DEVELOP A BENEFICIAL USE FOR DISCARDED GLASS BOTTLES THAT WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, DIVERT GLASS FROM THE LAYON MUNICIPAL SANITARY LANDFILL, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.  
* As amended on the Floor – T.R. Muña Barnes, Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D., Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., T. C. Ada

5. Bill No. 282-32 (COR) – Penalties for burglary of schools
* PASSED 12 yays, 3 nays.
* VOTING NO> Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, Senator Ben Pangelinan, and Speaker Judith Won Pat
* AN ACT TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (e) TO § 37.10, AND TO AMEND § 37.20, ALL OF CHAPTER 37, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE CRIME OF BURGLARY IN SCHOOLS, WHICH MAY BE CITED AS THE “SAFER SCHOOLS ACT OF 2014.”
* As amended by the Committee on Guam, U.S. Military Relocation, Homeland Security, Veteran’s Affairs, and Judiciary; and further amended on the Floor – Brant T. McCreadie, Chris M. Duenas, Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D., Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, T.R. Muña Barnes, R.J. Respicio, Tommy Morrison

6. Bill No. 296-32 (COR) – Concealed firearms licensing
* PASSED 13 yays, 2 nays
* VOTING NO> Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz and Speaker Judith Won Pat
* AN ACT TO AMEND § 60109, AND TO ADD A NEW § 60109.1 TO CHAPTER 60 OF TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO CONCEALED FIRE ARMS LICENSING.
* As amended on the Floor – V. Anthony Ada, Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D., Chris M. Dueñas, Tommy Morrison, R. J Respicio, Brant T. McCreadie, Michael F.Q. San Nicolas

7. Bill No. 297-32 (COR) – rules for importing cattle from CNMI to Guam
* PASSED 14 yays, 1 nay.
*VOTING NO>
Senator Tom Ada
* AN ACT AMEND §1105 OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE 9 GUAM ADMINISTRATIVE RULES, RELATIVE TO THE IMPORTATION OF CATTLE
* As amended on the Floor- Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., Vicente (ben) C. Pangelinan, T.R. Muña Barnes

8. Bill No. 328-32 (COR) –  Revised Port Master Plan bill
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO APPROVE AND ADOPT THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (CIP) SCHEDULE AND LAND USE DESIGNATIONS IN THE JOSE D. LEON GUERRERO COMMERCIAL PORT OF GUAM MASTER PLAN UPDATE 2013 REPORT.
* T.C. Ada, R.J. Respicio

9.Bill No. 216-32 (LS) – Restorative Justice
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §5134 TO CHAPTER 5 OF TITLE 19, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ENACTING PRINCIPLES OF BALANCED APPROACH AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN THE JUVENILE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BETWEEN THE VICTIM AND OFFENDER.
* As substituted by the Committee on Aviation, Ground Transportation, Regulatory Concerns, and Future Generations – Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., T.R. Muña Barnes, Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

10. Bill No. 298-32 (COR) – Methamphetamine Incarceration Reform Act of 2014
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTIONS (a) AND (b) AND ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (o) TO § 67.401.4 AND TO AMEND SUBSECTION (b) AND ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (e) TO § 67.401.9 OF CHAPTER 67, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PUNISHMENT FOR THE DELIVERY, DISPENSING, MANUFACTURING, AND IMPORTATION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, WHICH MAY BE CITED AS THE “METHAMAPHETAMINE INCARCERATION REFORM ACT OF 2014.”
* As amended by the Committee on Guam U.S. Military Relocation, Veterans’ Affairs, Homeland Security and Judiciary –Brant T. McCreadie, V. Anthony Ada, Tommy Morrison

11. Bill No. 267-32 (COR) – Strengthening provisions for demolishing abandoned buildings
*PASSED 13 yays, 2 nays
* VOTING NO > Senator Tom Ada and Senator Michael Limtiaco
* AN ACT TO AMEND §§66501, 66503, 66504, 66505, 66507 AND 66508 OF ARTICLE 5; AND §66701 OF ARTICLE 7, ALL OF CHAPTER 66, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO STRENGTHENING THE PROVISIONS IN GUAM’S BUILDING LAW REGARDING THE REPAIR OR DEMOLITION OF UNSAFE STRUCTURES.
* As amended by the Committee on Public Safety, Infrastructure & Maritime Transportation; and further amended on the Floor – Michael F. Q. San Nicolas, T.C. Ada

12. Bill No. 264-32 (COR) – Baning sale of electronic cigarttes to minors

* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (l) TO § 6101 OF ARTICLE 1, AND TO AMEND §6400 OF ARTICLE 4, ALL OF * CHAPTER 6, TITLE 11, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROHIBITING THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO MINORS.
* Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Brant T. McCreadie, T.C. Ada, R.J. Respicio, T. R. Muña Barnes, V. Anthony Ada, Tommy Morrison, Chris M. Dueñas

13. Bill No. 275-32 (COR) – Ensuring the sancity of the Peer Review at GMH
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (n) OF §80109 OF CHAPTER 80 OF DIVISION 4; AND TO ADD A NEW ITEM (15) TO §12203 © OF ARTICLE 2 OF CHAPTER 12, ALL OF TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ENSURING THE SANCTITY OF THE MEDICAL PEER REVIEW PROCESS AT THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.
* As substituted by the Committee on Health & Human Services, Health Insurance Reform, Economic Developments, and Senior Citizens; and amended on the Floor – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.

14. Bill No. 308-32 (COR) – Providing GMH Volunteer Association “ex-officio” membership on GMH Board
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (a) OF § 80105, CHAPTER 80, DIVISION 4 OF TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROVIDING FOR A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS ASSOCIATION TO SERVE AS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL AUTHORITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
* As substituted by the Committee on Health & Human Services, Health Insurance Reform, Economic Development, and Senior Citizens – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.

15. Bill No. 78-32 (COR) – Representatives from Mayors Council on Education Board
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (d) TO §3102.3 OF CHAPTER 3 OF TITLE 17, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO INCLUDING A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE MAYORS COUNCIL OF GUAM TO THE GUAM EDUCATION BOARD.
* As amended on the Floor – Vicente (ben) C. Pangelinan, T.R. Muña Barnes

16. Bill No. 34-32 (COR) – Vehicle registrations
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO ADD NEW §§ 7178 AND 7179 TO CHAPTER 7 OF TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS.
* As amended by the Committee on Aviation, Ground Transportation, Regulatory Concerns, and Future Generations; and further amended on the Floor – V. Anthony Ada, R.J. Respicio, Vicente (ben) C. Pangelinan,   Michael F.Q. San Nicolas

17. Bill No. 131-32 (COR) –  Speed limits
* PASSED 15 yays
* AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (f) AND ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (g) TO § 3301 AND OF CHAPTER 3, TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING SPEED LIMITS.
* As amended by the Committee on Public Safety, Infrastructure & Maritime Transportation – T.C. Ada

Confirmations to Boards and Commissions:

1. Maria Flor Herrero – CONFIRMED 15 yays – University of Guam Board of Regents
The Committee on Education, Public Library and Women’s Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of Maria Flor Herrero to serve as a Member, University of Guam Board of Regents with the recommendation to do confirm.

2. MiChelle H. Taitano – CONFIRMED 15 yays – Guam Parole Board
The Committee on General Government Operations and Cultural Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of MiChelle H. Taitano to serve as Member of the Guam Parole Board with the recommendation to do confirm.

UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.
Rory J. Respicio

Guam – Guam lawmakers went to the voting file Friday on Day 4 of the May Session.


17 bills were passed including Senator Tony Ada’s Bill  #296, a measure that makes it easier to get a concealed firearms license. It passed 13-2.  Senator B.J. Cruz and Speaker Judi Won voted against it.

Senator Respicio’s Bill # 220 ran into some opposition, but still managed to pass on a 9-6 vote. It appropriates $2-million from the Recycling fund to the Mayor Council for the purchase of  heavy equipment to clean up junked white goods, old cars and green waste from the villages. Voting no were Senators Tony Ada, Duenas, Limtiaco, McCreadie, Morrison and Yamashita.

Senator Tom Ada got unanimous approval for his once again revised Port Master Plan Bill #328. His Street Light Authority Bill #227 was approved by a narrower 10-5 margin. Senators Pangelinan, Rodriguez, Cruz, San Nicolas and Won Pat opposed.

The rules for importing cattle from CNMI to Guam were eased on a 14-1 vote with Senator Tom Ada voting no against Bill No. 297.  

Speaker Judi Won Pat’s Restorative Justice Bill #216 passed 15-0 and Senator Rodriguez’s  Bill #264 banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors cleared unanimously as well along with his Bill #275 , ensuring the sancity of the Peer Review process at GMH.

Also, Maria Flor Herrero was confirmed to the Guam Board of Regents and MiChelle H. Taitano was confirmed to the the Guam Parole Board on 15-0 votes.