Governor proposes 7 public safety bills, seeks quick passage

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (file photo)

In fulfillment of her Safer Guam initiative, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has submitted seven bills to the legislature which she says reflect the public’s demand for improved public safety which she heard during six town hall meetings she attended in recent months.

Among her proposals are a bill that would limit the hours alcohol can be sold at stores, another to make parents criminally liable for failure to supervise their children, and a proposal to combat drug smuggling by authorizing public-private partnerships to ensure 100% digital screening of all cargo entering Guam.

In her letter to Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, the governor also said she has ordered the recruitment of 100 new police officers whose salaries will be paid for under the existing 2020 budgetary authority.

The governor is asking lawmakers to act quickly on her proposals.