Override on Bill’s 12 and 13 fails – 9 to 6 split

Lawmakers voting for or against overriding veto on bill's 12 and 13-37. (screenshot Guam legislature youtube channel)

Lawmakers fail to override Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s veto on bill’s 12 and 13.

Despite both bills receiving 9 votes in favor of the override – under Guam law – the legislature would need two thirds or 10 votes to override the Governor’s veto.

Those who voted in favor of the override were all six Republican Senators, along with the Democratic coalition of Speaker Therease Terlaje, and Senators Chri Barnett and Sabina Perez.

Meanwhile, the remaining six Democrats voted against the override.

Bill 12, which the Governor has described as “bad for hospital, bad for Guam,” would require legislative approval before a Governor could purchase or lease land from federal or foreign government.

Bill 13 would make it so that the legislature is involved in any meetings, lease changes or discussion by creating the 21st century healthcare center committee and subject those meetings to the open government law.

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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.