Senators Discuss Bill to Fund Korean Visitor Industry

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Lawmakers will vote tomorrow(Wednesday) at 2pm

Guam – There was little discussion on Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz’s bill to ban the payout of bonuses this morning.

 

 There was no debate on the bill which drew strong criticism from Governor Eddie Calvo last week. Instead Senators spoke about Bill 186 which would appropriate $250 thousand dollars from the Hotel Occupancy Surplus fund to GVB to create a pilot program to support the needs of the growing Korean visitor market. The measure introduced by Senator Tina Muna Barnes and Frank Blas Jr. would create a program that provides concierge, emergency hotline, translation, and other assistance for Korean visitors. Senator Tom Ada however felt that this money could be put to better use. “Landscaping of public areas beach cleaning maintenance and repairs of public roads and sidewalks trash pickup streetlight maintenance and hospitality officers on the streets to assist visitors. All could use more funds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax collection,” said Senator Ada.

 Senator Ada proffered an amendment to fund these things but it was ruled that the amendment required a separate bill. Senators have recessed until tomorrow at 2pm where they will vote on all the bills that made it to the voting file.