Panel formed to look into CNMI governor’s ‘questionable’ spending

CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres (file photo)

CNMI House Speaker BJ Attao on Monday established the new special committee to review the “executive expenditures” of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

The Speaker said in a memorandum that “in consideration of the issues and serious implications that have been officially raised relative to executive expenditures of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, I am obliged to create a Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures to review said materials in a fair and reasonable manner.”

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On June 12, 2020, the House minority bloc released thousands of pages of records of the governor’s first-class travel, official representation, reimbursement, executive security, housing expenses, and utility expenses.

These records were obtained through an Open Government Act request to the Department of Finance.