Guthertz Bill Would Repeal Antiquated, Unused Guam Laws & Regulations

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Guam – A measure introduced by Senator Judi Guthertz calls for reviving a 5 year old, never implemented law, which would repeal other old, unfunded, unused or underutilized laws and administrative rules.

In a release, the Senator points to the bill she authored in 2007 which authorized the creation of the GovGuam Modernization and Right-Sizing Commission [COMRIGHT21].

The Commission has never met because no one was ever appointed to sit on it.

READ Bill #445 HERE

The Guam Code is “stuffed with antiquated and underused provisions,” states Guthertz in her release, and they “cost plenty of money to leave on the books for long forgotten purpose.”

 She argues that implementing the Commission now, and getting ride of those old  unused laws and regulations will save GovGuam money and serve as an alternative to the Governor’s current reorganization plan which will result in layoffs.

“Laying off government employees as a quick fix, will simply shift the demand for resources to social programs to aid those newly unemployed,” says the Senator.  “Instead, we should shift our focus to addressing longer term structural problems that will help to reduce the cost of our government.”

READ Senator Guthertz’s release in FULL below:

April 19, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SENATOR GUTHERTZ CALLS FOR FIGURING OUT WHAT WE WANT FROM GOVGUAM RATHER THAN ARBITRARILY CUTTING JOBS; HER NEW LEGISLATION REDEFINES COMMISSION AIMED AT FIXING GUAM LAWS, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES

Guam Senator Judi Guthertz says it’s time for a thorough review of GovGuam to include modernizing laws and agency regulations that are, “stuffed with antiquated and underused provisions, many of which cost plenty of money to leave on the books for long forgotten purposes.”

Long an advocate of government ‘rightsizing,’ Senator Guthertz authored a bill in 2007 creating the GovGuam Modernization and Right-Sizing Commission [COMRIGHT21] and ushered it through the Legislature.

However, COMRIGHT 21 has yet to be empanelled and the many problems related to obsolete laws and government structures have only grown since then.

“Through Bill No. 445-31 (COR),” Senator Guthertz said, “I want to refocus attention on existing laws and department and agency regulations and mandates that have accumulated since the civilian Government of Guam took effect on August 1, 1950. This legal audit is critical if we are serious about designing a strategically focused new government of Guam.”

Senator Guthertz said constituents have complained to her about what they see as a ‘quick fix’ approach to fixing GovGuam problems: “Laying off government employees as a quick fix, will simply shift the demand for resources to social programs to aid those newly unemployed,” explained Sen. Guthertz. “Instead, we should shift our focus to addressing longer term structural problems that will help to reduce the cost of our government.”

The third term lawmaker explained that Bill 445-31(COR) makes the repealing of statutes or functions in the law books now and the current the administrative rules and regulations that hamper the respective government entities’ core missions or that are antiquated, unfunded, underfunded a priority and regular occurrence. “Taking these unnecessary laws or regulations off the books will help to accomplish this and provide a more sound structure to begin looking at a right-sized and modern Government of Guam.”