Lawmakers might switch sides on Guam Heartbeat Act

Senators and members of the public gathered at the Guam Congress Building to discuss Bill 291-36. (Photo by Althea Engman)

Lawmakers might be swapping sides on whether or not to vote yes or no to pushing Bill 291-36 – or more commonly known as the Guam Heartbeat Act forward.

The controversial bill, in a 9 to 5 split, moved to the voting file – and it now looks as though those numbers might change.

Speaker Therese Terlaje, in an interview on NewsTalk K57 with Patti Arroyo, said that some of the Senators who voted against the bill might switch sides.

Those who voted against bill 291 are: Senators Sabina Perez, Joe San Agustin, Marry Camacho Torres, as well as Speaker Therese Terlaje herself.

Meanwhile Famalao’an Rights Co-Executive Director Stephanie Lorenzo says that they are lobbying, and trying to persuade the original 9 Lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill to change sides.

Those Senators are: Telena Nelson (the author of the bill), Tony Ada, Frank Blas Jr., Joanne Brown, Chris Duenas, Jim Moylan, Amanda Shelton, Telo Taitague, and Jose Terlaje.

Bill 291 will be voted on later today.

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News Director for the Pacific News Center, Don was born and raised on the island of Saipan and moved to Guam in the Spring of 2016 to pursue higher education at the University of Guam. It was at UOG that Don discovered his passion for keeping his peers politically informed. In his free time, you can find him flying his drone or doing landscape and portrait photography. Don joined the PNC News Team to broaden his writing, and to challenge himself to get in front of the camera. Don’s ultimate goal and passion is to have a well informed and politically engaged Marianas.