Senators Continue to Express Concern Over Possible Public/Private Partnership for GMH

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Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. maintains that the request for information is just a request for information and Gov Guam will not be obligated to move forward with the public/private partnership.

Guam – Lawmakers continued session today and the back and forth on Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr.’s bill 277 continued.

 

Senator Jim Espaldon expressed concern that a public/private partnership for GMH has never been properly discussed with the public. Bill 277 would authorize the Guam Economic Development Authority to develop an RFI to gauge interest on a possible public private partnership for Guam’s only public hospital. Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. maintains that the request for information is just a request for information and Gov Guam will not be obligated to move forward with the public/private partnership.

 

“There were concerns and again, that itself is a policy call is that really where we are going with this? I’m not really sure that we’ve had a really good discussion in the community if that is where we want to go. We are depending upon, again what’s contained in this bill and to kind of say yeah that’s the way we are going to go but we’ve never had a really good discussion about that, outside of this session hall,” said Espaldon.

 

Additionally, Senator Nerissa Underwood moved to add senator Frank Blas Jr.  as a co-sponsor on her bill 279, which clarifies the eligible age for voting at 17 as long as the voter will turn 18 by the next general election. Lawmakers will hold session on Saturday to vote on the bills discussed.