Senators Pass Bill to Demolish DOA Building

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Tony Blaz Confirmed as DOA Director & EJ Calvo Confirmed as GEDA Board Member

Guam – Lawmakers went into session this afternoon(Fri) to vote on the controversial Bill 32 to demolish the DOA building and a couple of confirmations that drew controversy during public hearings.

 

 

 Senators passed bill 32 with a vote of 9-6 approving the demolition of the DOA building which was named after former Governor Manuel F.L. Guerrero. Lawmakers also confirmed the nomination of Tony Blaz as the director of the Department of Administration. Senator Mike San Nicolas previously withheld Blaz’s nomination pending more payments of tax refunds. E.J. Calvo was also approved as a board member of GEDA. Lawmakers also passed bill number 14 which allows for the courts of Guam to depart from applicable mandatory minimum sentences under specific conditions and bill 66 which appropriates start up funds for Guam DOE’s early childhood education and pre-k programs from the territorial education facilities fund. They also passed resolution 39 which petitions the U.S. Congress to include Guam in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and resolution 52 which petitions the U.S. Congress to increase the annual appropriation for compact impact aid from $30 million dollars to $185 million dollars. Senators also passed the resolution allowing for the Rigalu House to be built for Guam’s foster children. 

 

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SENATOR RESPICIO ISSUES SESSION UPDATE (Hagåtña, Guam) Senator Rory J. Respicio, Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, reports that during this afternoon’s Session, Senators of the 33rd Guam Legislature voted on the items listed below. Session will resolve into the Committee of the Whole, at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of receiving the 2015 State of the Judiciary Address. Voting File: Resolution No. 21-33(COR) As amended on the Floor – T. R. Muña Barnes, Michael F.Q. San Nicolas

Relative to identifying a suitable lot to effectuate an exchange of government-own property reserved for the Department of Public Health and Social Services for government-owned property owned by the Chamorro Land Trust Commission pursuant to Public Law No. 32-226. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 45-33 (COR) As substituted by the Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security and Senior Citizens; and amended on the Floor – D.G. Rodriguez, Jr.

AN ACT TO ADOPT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE ISSUANCE OF HEALTH CERTIFICATES, BY AMENDING ARTICLE 4 OF DIVISION 1, TITLE 26, GUAM ADMINISTRATIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 53-33 (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 RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SANITARY OPERATIONS AND INSPECTIONS OF TEMPORARY WORKFORCE HOUSING, PURSUANT TO §26A108 OF CHAPTER 26A, TITLE 10 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE 17 TO CHAPTER 4 OF TITLE 26, GUAM ADMINISTRATIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Resolution No. 39-33 (LS) As amended on the Floor – Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., T.R. Muña Barnes, B.J.F. Cruz, Tommy A. Morrison

Relative to petitioning the United States Congress to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990 to include Guam, and to improve and increase compensation for those affected by ionizing radiation. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Resolution No. 52-33 (COR) As amended on the Floor – Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., B.J.F. Cruz, Tommy A. Morrison Relative to urgently petitioning the United States Congress to increase the annual appropriation for Compact-Impact aid from Thirty Million Dollars ($30,000,000) to One Hundred Eighty-Five Million Dollars ($185,000,000) to help defray the cost of services as a result of an increased demand for health, educational, social, and public safety services, and for infrastructure related to such services, due to the residency of migrants from the Freely Associated States in affected jurisdictions. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 14-33 (COR) As substituted by the Committee on the Guam U.S. Military Relocation, Public Safety and Judiciary; and amended on the Floor – T.R. Muña Barnes, Mary Camacho Torres, Michael F. Q. San Nicolas

AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §§ 80.39, 80.39.1, 80.39.2 AND 80.39.3 TO ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 80, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO EMPOWERING THE COURTS OF GUAM TO DEPART FROM APPLICABLE MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES UNDER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS, TO BE KNOWN AS “THE JUSTICE SAFETY VALVE ACT OF 2013”; AND TO REQUIRE REPORTING OF DEPARTURES TO THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL AND ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15

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Bill No. 32-33 (COR) As corrected by the prime sponsor; amended and further amended by the Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs, Human and Natural Resources, Election Reform, and Capitol District; and further amended in the Committee of the Whole – R. J. Respicio, T. R. Muña Barnes

AN ACT TO AMEND § 79601 OF ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 79, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE DEMOLITION OF THE MANUEL F.L. GUERRERO ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IN HAGÅTÑA. *PASSED ( 9 yeas; 6 nays – Senator Tom Ada, Senator Frank Aguon, Jr., Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, Senator Mary Camacho Torres, Senator Nerissa Underwood, Ph.D., and Speaker Judith Won Pat, Ed.D.) 5/01/15 Bill No. 52-33 (COR) As substituted by the author; and amended on the Floor – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., B.J.F. Cruz

AN ACT AMEND § 80113(b) OF CHAPTER 80, DIVISION 4, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROVIDING FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROVIDERS EMPLOYED AS HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATORS (HCA) AT THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY TO BE MEMBERS OF THE CLASSIFIED SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 56-33(COR) As amended on the Floor – FRANK B. AGUON, JR.

AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (f) AND ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (g) OF §2101.1, AND TO AMEND § 2101.3 OF CHAPTER 2, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO RECOGNIZING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY OF GUAM RELATIVE TO THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL FUNDS. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 58-33 (LS) As amended by the Committee on Finance &Taxation, General Government Operations and Youth Development; and further amended on the Floor – J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D., Tommy A. Morrison, T.R. Muña Barnes, Michael F.Q. San Nicolas

AN ACT TO AMEND § 23111(b) AND § 23111(e)(3) OF CHAPTER 23, DIVISION 2, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE USE OF GOVERNMENT TRAVEL MILEAGE BENEFITS FOR OFF-ISLAND STUDENT TRAVEL INVOLVING ACADEMIC, SPORTS, AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES. *PASSED (14 yeas; 1 nay – Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.) 5/01/15 Bill No. 59-33 (COR) As amended on the Floor – Mary Camacho Torres

AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (b), AND TO ADD NEW SUBSECTIONS (d), (e) AND (f) TO § 6111 OF CHAPTER 6, TITLE 19, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PERSONAL RELATIONS AND COMMUNITY PROPERTY. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 60-33(COR) As amended by the Committee on Finance &Taxation, General Government Operations, and Youth Development; and further amended on the Floor – Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, B. J.F. Cruz, T. C. Ada, N.B. Underwood, Ph.D., Mary Camacho Torres, James V. Espaldon

AN ACT TO REPEAL AND REENACT CHAPTER 11 OF TITLE 2, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING THE GUAM TAX COMMISSION. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 62-33(LS) As amended by the Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Lands, Border Protection, Veterans’ Affairs and Procurement; and further amended on the Floor – T.C. Ada

AN ACT TO AMEND §32113(b) OF CHAPTER 32, TITLE 22, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO REQUIRED EXPERIENCE FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS AND PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS, AND CLARIFYING PROCESSES FOR APPLICANTS. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 Bill No. 66-33 (COR) As substituted by the Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication; and amended on the Floor – B.J.F. Cruz

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 2(II)(AF) OF CHAPTER I AND SECTION 1 OF PART I, CHAPTER II OF PUBLIC LAW 32-181; TO ADD A NEW SECTION 17 TO PART I, CHAPTER II OF PUBLIC LAW 32-181; AND TO AMEND §22425(q) OF ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 22, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO APPROPRIATING START-UP FUNDS FROM THE TERRITORIAL EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES FUND FOR THE GUAM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (GDOE) EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM/PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM; AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO THE GDOE FOR ITS OPERATIONS AS A RESULT OF THE ENACTMENT OF PUBLIC LAW 32-219. *PASSED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 The Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Lands, Border Protection, Veterans’ Affairs and Procurement hereby reports out the nomination of Conchita D. Bathan to serve as a Member to the Guam Land Use Commission.

*CONFIRMED (14 yeas; 1 nay – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz) 5/01/15

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The Committee on Finance & Taxation, General Government Operations and Youth Development hereby reports out the nomination of Anthony C. Blaz to serve as the Director of Department of Administration.

*CONFIRMED (14 yeas; 1 nay – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz) 5/01/15 The Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens hereby reports out the nomination of Edward J. Calvo to serve as the Member to the Guam Economic Development Authority, Board of Directors. *CONFIRMED (14 yeas; 1 nay – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz) 5/01/15

The Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs, Human and Natural Resources, Election Reform and Capitol District hereby reports out the nomination of Steven Carrara to serve as Member to the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Board of Directors. *CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15

The Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens hereby reports out the nomination of George Chiu to serve as a Member to the Guam Economic Development Authority, Board of Directors.

*CONFIRMED (14 yeas; 1 nay – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz) 5/01/15 The Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens hereby reports out the nomination of David J. John to serve as a Member to the Guam Economic Development Authority, Board of Directors.

*CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 The Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Lands, Border Protection, Veterans’ Affairs and Procurement hereby reports out the nomination of Brigadier General Roderick R. Leon Guerrero to serve as a The Adjutant General to the Department of Military Affairs. *CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15

The Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Lands, Border Protection, Veterans’ Affairs and Procurement hereby reports out the nomination of Tae S. Oh to serve as a Member to the Guam Land Use Commission.

*CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 The Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Lands, Border Protection, Veterans’ Affairs and Procurement hereby reports out the nomination of Lawrence S. Rivera to serve as a Member to the Guam Land Use Commission.

*CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 The Committee on Higher Education, Culture, Public Libraries, and Women Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of Joaquin S. Santos, Jr. to serve as a Member to the University of Guam, Board of Regents.

*CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15 The Committee on Early Learning, Juvenile Justice, Public Education, and First Generation Initiatives hereby reports out the nomination of Francis G. Toves to serve as Accounting/Finance Representative to the Guam Academy Charter Schools Council. *CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15

The Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing, and Historic Preservation hereby reports out the nomination of James P. Viernes to serve as a History Alternate Member to the Guam Historic Preservation Review, Board of Directors. *CONFIRMED (15 yeas) 5/01/15

The Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication hereby reports out the nomination of Jose S. Calvo to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Budget and Management Research.

*Placed on Session Agenda and Moved to 3rd Reading 5/01/15; CONFIRMED (14 yeas; 1 nay – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz) 5/01/15 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.