Legislature passes 11 bills, including the refunding of GovGuam’s business privilege tax bonds

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The Legislature passed 11 bills during Friday’s legislative session, including Bill 40-36, requested by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, which seeks to authorize the refunding of GovGuam’s business privilege tax bonds.

Also passed was Bill 62-36, the so-called “Farm Theft Bill” which provides penalties and restitution for theft of livestock of agricultural products as well as Bill 60-36, which changes the official name of the municipality of “INARAJAN” to its name in the CHamoru language, namely “INALÅHAN.”

Also passed was Resolution No. 47-36, which authorizes the Legislature to be represented in Guam Supreme Court Case No. CRQ20-002 and assert the validity of the provisions of the Islan Guåhan Emergency Health Powers Act at issue, and ultimately, preserve the Legislature’s power granted by the Organic Act of Guam to enact laws necessary to protect the health, safety, and general well-being of the people of Guam.

An override of vetoed Bill 38-36 failed with 9 “yes” votes and 6 “no” votes. Bill 38-36 sought to establish extensions of deadlines to submit reports or position statements to the application review committee, and an administrative fine for the director of a member agency of the application review committee who fails to provide required reports or position statements on land use applications.

The complete list of bills passed and nominees confirmed are as follows:

= Bill No. 8-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Health, Land, Justice and Culture; and further amended on the Floor. – V. Anthony Ada, Frank Blas, Jr., Telo T. Taitague, Christopher M. Dueñas, James C. Moylan, Joanne Brown
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 80.39.2(d) OF ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 80, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE
ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO EXCLUDING INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF FIRST OR SECOND
DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT FROM THE SENTENCING REDUCTIONS OF THE
JUSTICE SAFETY VALVE ACT. *Passed: 9 yeas and 6 nays – Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Senators Amanda L. Shelton, Mary Camacho Torres, Clynton E. Ridgell, Joe S. San Agustin, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje.

= Bill No. 33-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Environment, Revenue and Taxation, Labor, Procurement, and Statistics, Research, and Planning. – Sabina Flores Perez
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 5141(n) TO SUBARTICLE E OF ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 5,
GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; AND ADD A NEW § 1924 TO CHAPTER 19 OF TITLE 1, GUAM
CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO REQUIRING GOVERNMENT OF GUAM AGENCIES TO
SUBMIT A PROCUREMENT TRAINING COMPLIANCE REPORT TO THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC
ACCOUNTABILITY. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 45-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Health, Land, Justice, and Culture; and further amended on the Floor. – Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Joe S. San Agustin, V. Anthony Ada, James C. Moylan
AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 25.15(c) AND 25.20(c) AND ADD A NEW § 25.25(c), ALL OF CHAPTER 25, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR REPEAT SEXUAL OFFENDERS. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 52-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Environment, Revenue and Taxation, Labor, Procurement, and Statistics, Research and Planning. – Sabina Flores Perez
AN ACT TO REPEAL AND REENACT § 5233 OF SUBARTICLE D, ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO DISCLOSURE OF OWNERSHIP, FINANCIAL, AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST UNDER GUAM PROCUREMENT LAW. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 23-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on General Government Operations,
Appropriations, and Housing; and further amended on the Floor. – Jose “Pedo” Terlaje
AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE EIGHTY-ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR
DOLLARS AND FIFTY-ONE CENTS ($81,744.51) FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 LAPSED FUNDS OF THE POLICE PATROL VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT REVOLVING FUND, AND UP TO ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED ONE DOLLARS AND TWENTY-FOUR CENTS ($175,601.24) FROM THE SAFE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE IN FISCAL YEAR 2020 TO THE GUAM POLICE DEPARTMENT. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 25-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on General Government Operations,
Appropriations, and Housing. – Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Tina Rose Muña Barnes
AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 63103.1 (a) AND (f) OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 63, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE STIPEND OF THE CIVILIAN VOLUNTEER CONSERVATION OFFICER RESERVISTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 40-36 (COR) As amended in the Committee of the Whole. – Committee on Rules by request of I Maga’hågan Guåhan in accordance with the Organic Act of Guam.
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 1512.5 TO ARTICLE 5 OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE
ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO AUTHORIZING THE REFUNDING OF GOVERNMENT OF GUAM
BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAX BONDS, SERIES 2011A, GOVERNMENT OF GUAM BUSINESS
PRIVILEGE TAX BONDS, SERIES 2012B, AND GOVERNMENT OF GUAM BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAX REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015D, AND RELATED MATTERS. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 57-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on General Government Operations,
Appropriations, and Housing. – Committee on Rules by request of I Maga’hågan Guåhan in
accordance with the Organic Act of Guam.
AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE THREE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND SEVEN
HUNDRED SIXTEEN DOLLARS ($3,880,716) WITHIN THE ENHANCED 911 EMERGENCY
REPORTING SYSTEM FUND (FUND) FROM PRIOR FISCAL YEARS TO THE GUAM FIRE
DEPARTMENT FOR PURPOSES ESTABLISHED BY § 12304 OF ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 12, TITLE 12, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, GOVERNING USE OF THE FUND. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 58-36 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Health, Land, Justice and Culture; and further amended on the Floor. – James C. Moylan, V. Anthony Ada, Christopher M. Dueñas, Telena Cruz Nelson, Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Mary Camacho Torres, Joanne Brown
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 2(b) OF PUBLIC LAW 34- 112, RELATIVE TO PROVIDING A FIVE (5) YEAR EXTENSION TO THE DEADLINE FOR THE GUAM CUSTOMS AND QUARANTINE
AGENCY TO DEVELOP A FUNCTIONING CUSTOMS SATELLITE INSPECTION, HOLDING, AND
SECURED STERILE FACILITY AREA. *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Bill No. 62-36 (LS) As amended by the Committee on Health, Land, Justice, and Culture; and further amended on the Floor. – Clynton E. Ridgell, Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Telo T. Taitague, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje
AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 43.10(d) AND 43.70 OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 43, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; AND § 63103 OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 63, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PENALTIES AND RESTITUTION FOR THEFT OF LIVESTOCK OR
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. *Passed: 14 yeas and 1 nay – Senator Telena Cruz Nelson.

= Bill No. 60-36 (LS) As amended by the Committee on General Government Operations,
Appropriations, and Housing; and further amended on the Floor. – Telo T. Taitague, Therese M. Terlaje, Joanne Brown, Sabina Flores Perez, Frank Blas Jr., V. Anthony Ada, Joe S. San Agustin, Christopher M. Dueñas, Telena Cruz Nelson, James C. Moylan, Clynton E. Ridgell, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje
AN ACT TO AMEND § 403(h) OF CHAPTER 4, TITLE 1, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE
TO CHANGING THE OFFICIAL NAME OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF “INARAJAN” TO ITS NAME
IN THE CHAMORU LANGUAGE, NAMELY “INALÅHAN.” *Passed: 15 yeas.

= Resolution No. 47-36 (LS) – Therese M. Terlaje, Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Amanda L. Shelton, Telena Cruz Nelson, Sabina Flores Perez, Joe S. San Agustin, Clynton E. Ridgell, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Christopher M. Duenas Frank F. Blas, Jr., V. Anthony Ada, Telo T. Taitague, Joanne Brown, James C. Moylan Relative to authorizing I Liheslaturan Guåhan to be represented in Guam Supreme Court Case No. CRQ20-002 and assert the validity of the provisions of the Islan Guåhan Emergency Health Powers Act at issue, and ultimately, preserve the Legislature’s power granted by the Organic Act of Guam to enact laws necessary to protect the health, safety, and general well-being of the people of Guam.
*Adopted: 14 yeas and 1 excused – Senator Mary Camacho Torres.

= VETOED BILL NO. 38-36 (COR) – AN ACT TO AMEND § 61106(b) OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 61, DIVISION 2, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING EXTENSIONS OF DEADLINES TO SUBMIT REPORTS OR POSITIONS STATEMENTS TO THE APPLICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE, AND AN ADMINISTRATIVE FINE FOR THE DIRECTOR OF A MEMBER-AGENCY OF THE APPLICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE WHO FAILS TO PROVIDE REQUIRED REPORTS OR POSITION STATEMENTS ON LAND USE APPLICATIONS. *Failed: 9 yeas and 6 nays – Senators Clynton E. Ridgell, Amanda L. Shelton, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Mary Camacho Torres, Joe S. San Agustin and Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes.

NOMINEES CONFIRMED:

  1. The nomination of Jesse U. Baleto to serve as a Member (General Public Representative) of the Guam Board of Social Work. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  2. The nomination of Nonito V. Blas to serve as a Member of the Guam Land Use Commission. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  3. The nomination of Dr. Aldrin B. Cajigal to serve as a Member of the Guam Commission for Educator Certification. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.

  4. The nomination of Jeremy N.C. Cepeda to serve as a Member (General Public Representative) of the Guam Public Library System Board of Directors. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.

  5. The nomination of Rose P. Grino to serve as a Member of the Guam Community College Board of Trustees. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  6. The nomination of Donna W. Kloppenburg to serve as a Member of the Guam Council on the Arts & Humanities Agency Board of Directors. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  7. The nomination of Ronald L. McNinch, Jr., PhD to serve as a Member (Upper Level Management in Private Business Representative) of the Guam Education Board. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  8. The nomination of David Q. Mercado, Jr. to serve as a Member (Public School Teacher Representative) of the Guam Commission for Educator Certification. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  9. The nomination of Juan-Carlo S. Pangelinan to serve as a Member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  10. The nomination of Francisco B. Rabon to serve as a Member (Folk Arts Representative) of the Guam Council on the Arts & Humanities Agency Board of Directors. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  11. The nomination of Michelle B. Santos to serve as Banking and Insurance Commissioner of the Department of Revenue and Taxation. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  12. The nomination of Catherine C. San Nicolas to serve as a Member (Nutritionist-Clinical Dietitian Representative) of the Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  13. The nomination of Chelsey Ting San Nicolas to serve as a Member (Community-At-Large Representative) of the Guam Commission for Educator Certification. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.
  14. The nomination of Katherine T.E. Taitano to serve as a Member (Government Classified Service Representative) of the Government of Guam Retirement Fund Board of Trustees. *Confirmed – 15 yeas.

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