Senator Tony Ada Introduces Bill To Ban Secret Ballots By GovGuam Boards

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Guam- Wanting to enhance the transparency of government operations, Senator Tony Ada has introduced a measure to ban secret ballots by Government of Guam boards and commissions.

Bill 321-31 states no action or resolution of GovGuam boards or commissions may be voted on by secret ballot. The legislation also requires all board members to vote on motions and resolutions. The only exception is if they are excused by a majority of members or if they are prevented by law to vote.

Read Bill 321

In a release from Ada’s office, the senator says, “The actions taken by our government should be open and transparent. This philosophy should be embraced by members of our boards and commissions. Voting in secret runs contrary to the concept of government transparency.”

Senators Frank Blas Jr. and Aline Yamashita also co-sponsored the measure.

Read Release From Senator Ada’s Office Below:

NEWS RELEASE

September 28, 2011

Senator Tony Ada wants to enhance the transparency of government operations by banning secret balloting by GovGuam boards and commissions. Bill No. 321-31 provides that no action or resolution of GovGuam boards or commissions may be voted on by secret ballot. The bill also requires that all board members must vote on motions and resolutions unless excused by a majority of members or otherwise prevented by law.

According to Senator Ada, “The actions taken by our government should be open and transparent. This philosophy should be embraced by members of our boards and commissions. Voting in secret runs contrary to the concept of government transparency.”

Senator Tony Ada believes that all officials of the government of Guam must be held accountable for their actions. Such accountability in board and commission members is impossible if their actions are veiled in secrecy.

Cosponsors of Bill No. 321-31 are Senators Frank Blas,Jr. and Aline Yamashita.