Governor signs into law bills that benefit autism, mass transit

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GRTA may soon get brand new electric buses to replace its aging fleet.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed into law Bill 130-35, which will provide much-needed funding to the autism community, and Bill 42-35 which will benefit riders of mass transit.

Bill 130-35, authored by Senator Therese Terlaje with input from the Governor’s Office, appropriates $150,000 from the Healthy Futures Fund to the Department of Administration for the purpose of operating the Guam Autism Center. Bill 130-35 is now Public Law 35-27.

Earlier this year, the governor signed into law legislation that appropriated funding to the Guam Autism Center through excess general fund revenues to ensure their doors remain open. However, due to a technicality, the availability of the funding cannot be determined until the end of fiscal year 2019. Public Law 35-27 rescinds the previous legislation and identifies a funding source that is immediately available.

Bill 42-35, authored by Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, dedicates 6,120 square meters of land in Tamuning to the Guam Regional Transit Authority for the purpose of building a maintenance facility. Bill 42-35 is now Public Law 35-26.

According to the governor, this land is an investment toward a safe, reliable and accessible transit system for the community.

She added that the recent purchase of additional buses is the first of many she hopes to add to GovGuam’s fleet for public transportation.

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