Governor disappointed that curfew bill failed to pass

Senators voted not to pass Bill 335. That's the measure that would allow the Governor to impose islandwide curfews.

During her news conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero expressed disappointment over the legislature’s decision not to pass the curfew bill.

Bill 335 went down to defeat after 12 lawmakers voted against it.

Another bill that she asked for never made it to the floor for a vote. It would have allowed her to set up roadblocks and impose fines for those who violated her executive orders, but Bill 334 was sent back to the committee earlier this week.

The Governor said she was very disappointed.

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“They came to me and said, ‘Governor we would like to help you in any way we can help you.’ And I asked them to set up a curfew policy that would be a really good measure to make sure that we know where people are going. But that did not happen so yes I’m very disappointed,” she said.

But the Governor said that won’t stop her from maintaining the current traffic stops and other social distancing restrictions that remain in place, for now.