Public Health reviewing suggestions given during hearings on PCOR1 fines

Department of Public Health and Social Services (PNC file photo)

Should people have to pay money if they break PCOR rules?

That’s the question being considered by Public Health.

They held their second public hearing on the matter on Wednesday and as expected, the people of Guam had a lot to say.

Public Health spokesperson Janela Carrera told K57’s Patti Arroyo Thursday morning that they were glad to hear a wide variety of opinions during the hearing.

She says they’re also looking forward to reading the input they received via email.

Carrera says Public Health will be reviewing the comments and suggestions to find ways to improve the proposed rules and regulations, which are currently in draft form.

One of the suggestions they’re considering is the ability to convert monetary fines into education or volunteer work if the violator can’t pay.

Another is to give violators an initial warning or give businesses a period of time to fix infractions.

In the original draft rules and regulations, there was no warning given and monetary fines were immediate.

The fines ranged from $100 to $1,000 for individuals and $1,000 to $10,000 for businesses.

Carrera says she wants to assure the island that their input did not fall on deaf ears.

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“We are working to refine it, taking into consideration all of the comments that we received. So it won’t be in the form — the draft rules and regulations — in which it was issued. I just want to let the people of Guam know..especially those who participated in the two public hearings and gave their input, their comments, their suggestions..that the current draft form likely will not look like that..once it’s been adopted,” Carrera said.

She added that Public Health hopes to have an improved version of the draft rules and regulations in about a week.

After that, they’ll seek the governor’s approval and then send a copy to the other branches of government.