Guam – Senator Brant McCreadie is calling on Senator Ben Pangelinan to report out his prison construction bill.
Bill #172 was introduced last August and a public hearing on it was held in December.
In a release, McCreadie says that “inquiries made with Senator Pangelinan … regarding the delay of the bill has [sic] gone unanswered.”
The release quotes Senator McCreadie as saying “This is not the time to be playing politics or to stop progress. This is a time to work together and find an immediate solution to an imperative public safety problem.”
READ the release from Senator McCreadie below:
Senator McCreadie calls for action on prison reconstruction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2014
Yesterday, Senator Brant McCreadie was advised that a positive case of tuberculosis was confirmed at the Department of Corrections. It is for this reason that Senator McCreadie is calling on the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Senator Ben Pangelinan, to immediately report out Bill 172-32, also known as the “Department of Corrections Construction Initiative Act of 2013” from his committee.
Senator McCreadie introduced Bill 172-32 in August 2013 with a public hearing held in December of the same year. The bill has remained in Senator Pangelinan’s committee for the past eight months. Inquiries made with Senator Pangelinan and his office by Senator McCreadie regarding the delay of the bill has gone unanswered.
“This is not the time to be playing politics or to stop progress. This is a time to work together and find an immediate solution to an imperative public safety problem,” says Senator McCreadie.
McCreadie further adds, “If there is ever a time to work together on this bi-partisan initiative, it is now. We have talked about the dark cloud of receivership before with no action. Now we have a major health issue, an infectious disease, in an overcrowded prison environment.”