Bill 340 was pulled from Senator San Nicolas’ Committee on Taxation last week and re-referred to Senator Dennis Rodriguez’s Committee on Health.
Guam – Senator Michael San Nicolas says he was prohibited from speaking at the informational hearing on Bill 340 last night.
The senator tells PNC that he had signed up to testify on the measure that proposes to refinance existing debt in order to bail out the Guam Memorial Hospital by tens of millions of dollars.
But he says toward the end of the hearing, Committee on Health Chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. adjourned the hearing without calling San Nicolas up to the table.
Whether or not it was intentional, several healthcare leaders are now speaking out against San Nicolas for refusing to schedule a public hearing on the bill when it was still in his committee.
GMH Medical Director Dr. Larry Lizama, during a meeting today said that because of San Nicolas’ actions, “we may not be able to procure necessary medical supplies if certain vendors don’t get relief.”
GMH CFO Benita Manglona added, “Because of San Nicolas’ delay tactics, the legislature has been forced to hold a public hearing, not last week when we needed it, but next week when it may be too late in the process.