Lee to Gov: “I’m a mom. I know what a temper tantrum sounds like when I hear it.”

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Guam – Legislative Secretary Sen. Regine Biscoe-Lee has fired back at Governor Calvo over the failed re-vote of the tax refund borrowing bill.

“I’m a mom, I know what a temper tantrum sounds like when I hear it,” she said in a release. “The Governor can’t force passage of a failed borrowing bill to write a bad check.”

The legislative secretary issued the release a little over an hour after Adelup issued a press release titled, “Sen. Lee – derelict in duties?”

The governor’s office was pointing to the lack of the legislative journal on bill 1(1-s) on the Legislature’s website. They also called out Sen. Lee for refusing to transmit the TRAN bill to Adelup after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the governor, agreeing that a bill only need a majority vote–not the minimum 8 votes as prescribed in the Legislative Standing Rules–to pass.

“This is the second time Senator Régine Biscoe Lee, as the Legislative Secretary, ignored the Organic Act. The Secretary failed to follow the law when she didn’t transmit the Tax Refund Anticipation Note bill, even after the Supreme Court ruling,” Adelup’s release said.

The governor then cited a section of the Legislature’s standing rules as well as the Organic Act on the requirements for the legislative journal and quarterly reports.

“This is a concern to the administration. As a co-equal branch of the government, there is a level of professionalism that is expected. The legislative journal is a function of the Secretary, a role and responsibility that Sen. Régine Biscoe Lee agreed to take on. If she does not ensure that proper records of the Legislature’s votes are kept, how do we know whether she’s fulfilling her other duties?” the release from Adelup further stated.

In response, Sen. Lee said the governor should know better since he, too, once served as Legislative Secretary.

“As the Governor, who served as Legislative Secretary should know, the Legislative Journal for the Special Session for Bill 1 (1-S) would be adopted at the convening of a next Special Session,” she said, then followed her statement with links to the session agenda, voting record and quarterly report to the legislature’s website.

On Wednesday, following Adelup’s filing of a writ of mandate in the Supreme Court–an attempt to compel lawmakers to transmit bill 1(1-s) to the governor–the Legislature voted on the measure a second time during session. It failed by a vote of 6 to 8.

 

 

You can read both releases below:

 

From ADELUP:

NEWS:  Sen. Lee – derelict in duties?
Jan. 25, 2018

Hagåtña — Where’s the legislative journal?
The administration requested for the legislative journal that would have documented discussion held during the public hearings for Bill 1(1-S) last May.
It’s not on the legislative website. Neither are the quarterly reports for at least the last few quarters.
This is the second time Senator Régine Biscoe Lee, as the Legislative Secretary, ignored the Organic Act. The Secretary failed to follow the law when she didn’t transmit the Tax Refund Anticipation Note bill, even after the Supreme Court ruling.
This is a concern to the administration. As a co-equal branch of the government, there is a level of professionalism that is expected. The legislative journal is a function of the Secretary, a role and responsibility that Sen. Régine Biscoe Lee agreed to take on. If she does not ensure that proper records of the Legislature’s votes are kept, how do we know whether she’s fulfilling her other duties?
According to the 34th Guam Legislature Standing Rules, the Secretary of the Legislature shall:
“cause records to be kept of the attendance at the Sessions of all Members, and cause to be prepared on a quarterly basis a compilation of the attendance of such members at Sessions of I Liheslaturan Guahan, and a compilation of the voting record of each Member of I Liheslaturan Guahan on the passage of bills and other matters, where a roll call was held before I Liheslaturan Guahan. Such quarterly report shall be appended to the Daily Legislative Journal of the day on which it is submitted to I Liheslaturan Guahan.” 
The Organic Act of Guam §1423b specifically states that the Legislature is required to “keep a journal.” Additionally, § 1423i “Every bill passed by the legislature shall, before it becomes a law, be entered upon the journal and presented to the Governor.”
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From SEN. LEE:
“I’m a mom, I know what a temper tantrum sounds like when I hear it. The Governor can’t force passage of a failed borrowing bill to write a bad check.
‘Governor Calvo: Where is the legislative journal?’
Senator Biscoe Lee: As the Governor, who served as Legislative Secretary should know, the Legislative Journal for the Special Session for Bill 1 (1-S) would be adopted at the convening of a next Special Session. However, the Session Agenda and voting record for vote Bill 1 (1-S) on May 9, 2017 is available here: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Voting_Records_34th/Bill%20No.%201%20(1-S).pdf. Additionally, the relevant quarterly report is available at: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Mess_Comms_34th/Doc.%20No.%2034GL-17-0708.pdf.