Quinata’s bill to extend GovGuam commercial lease to 30 years

Democrat Sen. Roy Quinata talks with the Pacific News Center on April 26 at the Guam Congress Building in Hagatna. Photo by PNC's Isaiah Aguon

A new bill with a goal to provide businesses long-term stability and certainty in their
government land has been introduced by Democrat Sen. Roy Quinata.

If enacted, Bill 103-37, would extend the number of years a business can lease government land from five to thirty years.

In an interview with the Pacific News Center, he expresses his belief that this legislation will help attract more businesses to Guam, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth.

The bill was introduced after a recent roundtable hearing, which included the Guam Economic Development Authority, and business groups around the island to discuss the future opportunities Guam can take advantage of.

Quinata shared with PNC that with the goal of investing in our island which in turn invests in our people it’s hard to invest in an area with only a five year lease.

“A lot of other places and other countries are offering property up with the investment but the investment has to be fair because if you’re an investor you don’t want to invest millions of dollars on a property with only a five year lease,” said Quinata. “I really want to assure the economic development on our island and make sure we can offer other opportunities for investment and insure we don’t have the same challenges so introduced the legislation based on the guidance of the members of GEDA and those business people at the roundtable.”

The piece of legislation is similar to Republican Sen. Telo Taitague’s Bill 100-37, which also aims to make investing in the island worthwhile. The difference is the bill would extend commercial leases of Public Real Property from five to 10 years.


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Althea Engman or as she is referred to as Thea joined the PNC team in August of 2021 as their youngest reporter and after a few months she was given the opportunity to be their weather girl. She currently attends the University of Guam while working at Sorenson. Her hobbies include dancing, creating content for social media, as well modeling on the side, she also is a big dog lover. Before working for PNC, she didn’t think about pursuing a career in journalism or a related field but it has helped her figure out a better career path. She covers a wide variety of news beats with a focus on legislation and lifestyle.