Raise Repeal Bills Fail, Lawmakers Not Likely to Try Again Soon

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Senator Mike San Nicolas and Senator Brant McCreadie say they are both disappointed that their bills failed. 

Guam – Both bills to reduce salaries for elected officials failed this morning(Tues.) Senators Brant McCreadie and Mike San Nicolas are both disappointed that their bills failed but it is unlikely that either of them will introduce a similar piece of legislation anytime soon.

 

Senator McCreadie’s bill 201 which would’ve reduced salaries just for senators failed this morning(Tues) along with senator San Nicolas’ bill 204 which would’ve reduced salaries for the Governor, Lt Governor appointed cabinet members mayors and senators.

Bill 201 failed with 6 yes votes and 9 no votes. The six who voted yes are Frank Aguon Jr., B.J. Cruz, James Espaldon, Brant McCreadie, Rory Respicio and Michael San Nicolas. The nine who voted no on the measure are Tom Ada, Tony Ada, Frank Blas Jr., Tommy Morrison, Tina Muna-Barnes, Dennis Rodriguez Jr., Mary Torres, Nerissa Underwood and Judi Won Pat.

Bill 204 failed by only one vote with 7 yes votes and and 8 no votes. Those who voted yes are Tom Ada, Frank Aguon Jr. B.J. Cruz, Michael San Nicolas, Mary Torres, Nerissa Underwood and Judi Won Pat. Those who voted no are Tony Ada, Frank Blas Jr., James Espaldon, Brant McCreadie, Tommy Morrison, Tina Muna Barnes, Rory Respicio and Dennis Rodriguez Jr.

Both Senators McCreadie and San Nicolas are disappointed that their bills failed. “I’m disappointed I’m disappointed that my bill failed, bill 201. I’ve been consistent for three years with trying to repeal the raises of the legislature that they gave themselves in 2010. So it’s a disappointing day. I don’t think that the people won they should be disappointed,” said McCreadie.

Senator San Nicolas says he voted for both his bill and Senator McCreadie’s bill because both bills would’ve reduced salaries for senators.

“I’m very disappointed you know Senator McCreadie brought his bill to the floor and he voted for his version to roll back Senators’ raises but when it came to bill 204 he would’ve done the same thing but he voted no and all we needed was one vote to pass the bill. I’m very disappointed that Senator McCreadie did not follow through with his initial commitment to roll back Senators’ pay raises,” said Senator San Nicolas.

Senator McCreadie responded to this saying, “Thank you for voting on my bill because he knows it’s the right thing to do. I don’t think 204 was the right thing to do. I think when you include the mayors and the cabinet and everybody that the legislature gave them the raise I don’t think the right thing to do would be to take it back. I think the only right thing to do in this case was to take accountability for our actions which is the legislature and repeal our own raises.”

It’s not likely that either Senator will try to reintroduce similar legislation. “Senator Blas procedurally was already getting in the way of this bill getting to the floor so for us to be able to reintroduce another version of this bill is going to be very difficult procedurally at this point now it’s in the hands of the voters to decide if they want to retain those 8 senators who voted no today,” said Senator San Nicolas.

READ LIST OF BILLS AND CONFIRMATIONS VOTED ON BELOW:

Bill Set Aside 11/17/15:  Bill No. 185-33(COR) As substituted by the Sponsor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., T. R. Muña Barnes, FRANK B. AGUON, JR., R. J. Respicio, Tommy Morrison, V. Anthony Ada, Brant T. McCreadie AN ACT TO AMEND § 11311.1 OF TITLE 7 AND ADD A NEW CHAPTER 16 TO TITLE 21, BOTH OF GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING AN EXPEDITED ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS TO IDENTIFY LAND TAKINGS BY AGENCIES, ADDRESS CLAIMS, AND DETERMINE APPROPRIATE SETTLEMENTS RELATIVE TO PROPERTY EXPROPRIATED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION; TO AMEND SUBSECTION (a) OF § 2101, AND ADD A NEW ARTICLE 5 TO CHAPTER 4, DIVISION 1, BOTH OF TITLE 7, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF A JUDICIAL LAND DIVISION COURT TO EXPEDITIOUSLY REVIEW AND AFFIRM, IF APPROPRIATE, THE SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LANDOWNER; TO AMEND § 22421 OF ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 22, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE LAND CLAIMS COMPENSATION FUND.

Voting File 11/17/15:

 Bill No. 189-33 (COR) As substituted by the Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens; and amended on the Floor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. AN ACT TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED GMHA FEE SCHEDULES SUBMITTED TO I LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN, (DOC 33GL-15-0944) – GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY – PROPOSED HOSPITAL RATE ADJUSTMENT TO REFLECT CURRENT YEAR MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT, AS AMENDED; AND THE ADDITION OF FOURTEEN NEW FEES AND SERVICES, AS PROVIDED PURSUANT TO § 80109 OF CHAPTER 80, DIVISION 4 OF TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED. *PASSED (10 yeas; 4 nays – Senator Tom Ada, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, Senator Michael San Nicolas and Senator Nerissa Underwood, Ph.D.; and 1 excused absence – Senator Mary Torres) 11/17/15

 Bill No. 201-33(COR) – Brant T. McCreadie AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 1 OF PUBLIC LAW 32-208, RELATIVE TO EXCLUDING SENATORS OF I LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN FROM THE COMPETITIVE WAGE ACT OF 2014; AND TO ADD A NEW § 1106.1 TO CHAPTER 1, TITLE 2, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO REDUCING THE COMPENSATION OF SENATORS OF I LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN. *FAILED ( 6 yeas; 9 nays – Senator Tom Ada, Senator Tony Ada, Senator Frank Blas, Jr., Senator Tommy Morrison, Senator Tina Muna Barnes, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., Senator Mary Torres, Senator Nerissa Underwood, Ph.D. and Speaker Judith Won Pat, Ed.D.) 11/17/15

 Bill No. 204-33(COR) – Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., N. B. Underwood, Ph.D., B. J.F. Cruz, T. C. Ada AN ACT ADD A NEW § 1106(a) TO CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 2, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; AND TO AMEND § 40109(a) OF CHAPTER 40 OF TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO AFFECTING THE COMPENSATION OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS. *FAILED ( 7 yeas; 8 nays – Senator Tony Ada, Senator Frank Blas, Jr., Senator James Espaldon, Senator Brant McCreadie, Senator Tommy Morrison, Senator Tina Muna Barnes, Senator Rory Respicio and Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.) 11/17/15

 The Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing, and Historic Preservation hereby reports out on the nomination of Annabelle M. Dancel to serve as a Member to the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority Board, with the recommendation to confirm. *CONFIRMED ( 15 yeas ) 11/17/15

 The Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing, and Historic Preservation hereby reports out on the nomination of Marie P. Dela Rosa to serve as a Member of Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority Board, with the recommendation to confirm. *CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 11/17/15

 The Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing, and Historic Preservation hereby reports out on the nomination of Joseph M. Leon Guerrero to serve as a Resident Member to the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority Board, with the recommendation to confirm. *CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 11/17/15

Moved to the Third Reading File 11/17/15:

 Bill No. 75-33(COR) As amended by the Sponsor; and further amended on the Floor. – T. R. Muña Barnes, Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D. AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 7120.4 TO CHAPTER 7, TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO FIREFIGHTER LICENSE PLATES. *Moved to the Third Reading File 11/17/15

 Bill No. 124-33(COR) As amended on the Floor. – FRANK B. AGUON, JR., Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., B.J.F. Cruz AN ACT TO AMEND § 9602 OF CHAPTER 9.6, TITLE 7, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE JUDICIAL CLIENT SERVICES FUND TO SUPPORT LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES AT THE JUDICIARY OF GUAM. *Moved to the Third Reading File 11/17/15

 Bill No. 133-33(COR) As amended on the Floor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., T. R. Muña Barnes, Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D. AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 33202.1 TO PART 1 OF ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 33, DIVISION 3, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO AUTHORIZING A GUAM COMMISSIONED NOTARY PUBLIC TO PERFORM NOTARIAL ACTS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY FOR DOCUMENTS TO BE USED IN GUAM. *Moved to the Third Reading File 11/17/15

 Bill No. 147-33(COR) As amended by the Sponsor. – T.C. Ada AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 5101, 5104, 5107, 5109, 5112, AND 5114, AND TO ADD A NEW § 5118, ALL OF CHAPTER 5, TITLE 16, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND TAXATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS TO ENFORCE WEIGHT LIMITS AND SAFE OPERATIONS OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ON GUAM’S HIGHWAYS; ESTABLISHING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; ESTABLISHING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS; AND ESTABLISHING A TRUCK ENFORCEMENT SCREENING STATION (TESS) FACILITY FUND. *Moved to the Third Reading File 11/17/15

 Bill No. 163-33(LS) As amended by the Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Lands, Border Protection, Veterans’ Affairs and Procurement; and further amended on the Floor. – Michael F.Q. San Nicolas AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 75108 (b) AND (g) BOTH OF CHAPTER 75, TITLE 21 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TIME FRAME FOR PAYMENT OF THE CHAMORRO LAND TRUST COMMISSION LEASE TERMS AND THE PERMANENT WAIVING OF PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR SURVEYED LAND TRACTS FOR APPLICANTS. *Moved to the Third Reading File 11/17/15  Bill No. 188-33(COR) As amended by the Sponsor. – Tommy Morrison AN ACT TO AMEND § 70108 AND § 70109.1 OF CHAPTER 70, DIVISION 2, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROMOTING CONSUMER PROTECTION BY REQUIRING THE PUBLICATION OF A CONTRACTORS LIST, AND BY STRENGTHENING PENALTIES FOR UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS. *Moved to the Third Reading File

11/17/15 Items currently in the Second Reading File:

 Bill No. 106-33(LS) As substituted by the Committee on Finance and Taxation, General Government Operations and Youth Development. – FRANK B. AGUON, JR. AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 15913 TO ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 15, TITLE 17, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROVIDING CREDIT FOR CAREER EMPLOYEES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR POST SECONDARY OR POST GRADUATE EDUCATION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE PEDRO “DOC” SANCHEZ PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP; AND WHO APPLY FOR SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL POSITIONS WITHIN THE AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM. News Release Session Update Page 3 of 3 3

 Bill No. 143-33(COR) As substituted by the Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., R. J. Respicio, T. R. Muña Barnes, Brant T. McCreadie, V. Anthony Ada, B. J.F. Cruz, Tommy Morrison, N. B. Underwood, Ph.D. AN ACT TO PROVIDE INCREASED ENFORCEMENT OF THE NATASHA PROTECTION ACT OF 2005 RELATIVE TO SMOKING REGULATIONS, BY AMENDING §77302 OF ARTICLE 3 OF CHAPTER 77 OF 10 GCA, AND §90105, §90107, §90109, §90114 OF CHAPTER 90, 10 GCA, AND, TO PROVIDE FOR ENFORCEMENT TRAINING, AND CITIZEN SUITS FOR ENFORCEMENT, BY ADDING A NEW § 90109.1 AND § 90109.2 TO CHAPTER 90, 10 GCA.

 Bill No. 196-33(COR) As amended by the Sponsor. – T.C. Ada AN ACT TO TRANSFER APPROXIMATELY FOUR HUNDRED FORTY THREE (443) LOTS WHICH HAVE LAPSED INTO FORECLOSURE FROM ALL THE “LAND FOR THE LANDLESS” SUBDIVISIONS AND ALL OTHER SUCH SUBDIVISIONS TO THE CHAMORRO LAND TRUST COMMISSION’S AVAILABLE LANDS INVENTORY FOR CHAMORRO HOMELANDS.

 

 Bill No. 203-33(COR) – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., R. J. Respicio, Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., T. R. Muña Barnes, V. Anthony Ada, Brant T. McCreadie, FRANK B. AGUON,JR., Tommy Morrison, B. J.F. Cruz, N. B. Underwood, Ph.D. AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 849.10 TO ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 8, 1 GCA, TO DEDICATE AND NAME THE FARMERS’ MARKET FACILITY, OPERATED BY THE FARMER’S COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION OF GUAM, INC., AFTER ITS CHAMPIONING ADVOCATE AND LEADING LEGISLATIVE SUPPORTER FOR ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE SPEAKER VICENTE (ben) C. PANGELINAN GUAM FARMERS MARKET:“METKÅON LANCHERON I TÅOTAO”. UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein. Rory J. Respicio For more information, please contact the Office of Senator Rory J. Respicio at 472-7679.