Guthertz Seeks Input from Judiciary on Her Bill Aimed at Weeding Out Old Laws

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Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz has written to Guam Supreme Court Justice Phill Carbullido seeking input from the Judiciary on a measure she has introduced that would weed out old, unused and unnecessary laws.

 

 

Guthertz’s bill has been set for a Public Hearing on May 9th before Senator Cruz’s Government Operations Committee.

In her letter to Justice Carbullido, Senator Guthertz invites members of the Court to submit suggestions on mandates that affect the executive branch

READ Senator Guthertz’s letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Carbullido HERE

READ Senator Guthertz’s release in FULL below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SENATOR GUTHERTZ URGES JUDICIARY TO OFFER INPUT ON HER BILL AIMED AT WEEDING OUT ANTIQUATED, OUTDATED GOVGUAM LAWS AND REGULATIONS; PUBLIC HEARING ON BILL 445-31 (COR) WEDNESDAY, 9 A.M. AT LEGISLATURE

Senator Judi Guthertz has long called for an extensive and ongoing effort to purge the GovGuam books of outdated and no longer needed laws and administrative regulations.

“A good, brisk housekeeping would have gotten rid of these out-of-date and no longer needed items a long time ago,” Senator Guthertz said recently, “but until 2007 there wasn’t a mechanism to do this.”

Guthertz wrote and had a law passed in 2007 that was intended to bring about this government modernization and ‘rightsizing,’ but two Guam governors since haven’t appointed any members to the commission authorized by the law or made other moves to get the review process rolling.

Senator Guthertz said she was concerned then that the bloated statutes and regs were getting in the way of modernizing the government. And she has heard constituents complain since that instead of fixing the government structure, the Executive Branch thinks first only about laying off government personnel.

Bill 445-31 (COR) would enpanel a commission to conduct a comprehensive review of all laws, rules and regulations of the Government of Guam and recommend which ones to repeal or sideline and to continue to monitoring these matters on an ongoing basis.

“My hope is that this measure will set the basic foundation and structure for modernizing and rightsizing our government,” Senator Guthertz wrote to Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido. “We have not had a thorough review of our laws since the passage of the Organic Act of Guam in 1950.”

[Senator B.J. Cruz’s Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Procurement, General Government Operations, and Public Broadcasting will conduct the Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, beginning at 9:00 A.M. in I Liheslatura’s Public Hearing Room.]