Legislature wants representation in case questioning Emergency Health Powers Act

(PNC graphic by Ricky De Guzman)

During session today, lawmakers moved a resolution allowing the legislature to be represented in a Supreme Court case defending the right of the legislature to establish quarantine and healthcare laws during the pandemic.

Speaker Therese Terlaje — the author of Resolution 47-36 — says the resolution authorizes the legislature to be represented in a Guam Supreme Court case that questions the validity of the Government’s Emergency Health Powers Act.

She says the purpose of the resolution is to preserve the legislature’s power, as granted by the Organic Act, to enact laws necessary to protect the health, safety, and general well-being of the people of Guam.

During session, the Legislature also motioned Bill 60-36 to be added to the third reading file. The measure was introduced by Senator Telo Taitague to change the name of the village of Inarajan to its CHamoru name —- Inalåhan.

Taitague also motioned to add vetoed Bill 38, which amends current statutes and proposes an administrative fine for the director of a member-agency of the application review committee that fails to provide required reports or position statement on land use applications.

All three measures were placed in the voting file.

The legislature will reconvene tomorrow at 4:30 in the afternoon.