Senators pass bills for Simon Sanchez repairs, medical marijauna and electronic signs

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Lawmakers passed a bill to appropriate $430,000 for the repairs of Simon Sanchez along with medical marijuana bill. 

Guam – The legislature cleared its voting file this afternoon.

Among the bills passed was the controversial bill 87 which transfers $430,000 from the capitol district fund to the Guam Department of Education to fund repairs for Simon Sanchez High School for the next two school years while a new educational facility is constructed.

The bill passed with a vote of  9 to 6 with Senators Tom Ada, Jim Espaldon, Therese Terlaje, Mary Torres, Regine Lee, and Telena Nelson voting no.

They also passed bill 94 which appropriates savings realized from cutting senators’ salaries to GDOE for the repair of Simon Sanchez High School. Only Senators Frank Aguon, Rodriguez, and Joe San Agustin voted no.

Senators also unanimously passed bill 69 which requires the Department of Revenue and Taxation to collect fees and issue business licenses for the commercial cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing, and dispensary activities for medicinal cannabis.

They unanimously passed bill 72 requiring that executive branch agencies of the government of Guam amortize payments of municipal leases into equal monthly installments throughout the fiscal year.

Lawmakers passed bill 95 which grandfathers existing electronic signs. 

READ FULL LIST OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS VOTED ON BELOW:

 

 

 
 

COMMITTEE ON RULES ISSUES SESSION UPDATE

 June 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hagåtña, Guam) — Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, Chairman of the Committee on Rules, reports that during today’s Session, Senators of the 34th Guam Legislature discussed and voted on the items below. Session is adjourned subject to the call of the Speaker.

THIRD READING and VOTING FILE

 

Bill No. 72-34 (COR) – AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 22437 TO ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 22, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO REQUIRING THAT EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM AMORTIZE PAYMENTS OF MUNICIPAL LEASES INTO EQUAL MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS THROUGHOUT THE FISCAL YEAR, EXCEPT WHEN SUCH AMORTIZATION SCHEDULE WOULD CAUSE A VIOLATION OF AN INDENTURE SUCH THAT IT WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE CREDIT RATING OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM. (Moved on 6/26/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 30-34 (COR), As Corrected by the Prime Sponsor. – AN ACT TO REPEAL AND REENACT § 1103 AND TO ADD NEW §§ 1103.1 AND 1103.2, ALL OF CHAPTER 1, DIVISION 1, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE MEDICAL REFERRAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE. (Moved on 6/26/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas –6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 48-34 (COR), As Corrected by the Prime Sponsor and Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 4130 TO ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 4, TITLE 4, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO GRANTING ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE TO EMPLOYEES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF DONATING AN ORGAN, TISSUE, OR BONE MARROW. (Moved on 6/26/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 91-34 (COR), As Amended by the Committee. – AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 1602 AND 1603 OF CHAPTER 16, TITLE 1, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROMOTING AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO UPDATED AND SEARCHABLE LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS, AND COURT DECISIONS. (Moved on 6/26/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 40-34 (COR), As Amended by the Committee and further Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 6 TO DIVISION 1 OF TITLE 22, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE FAIR CHANCES HIRING PROCESS ACT. (Set aside on 6/26/17; Moved on 6/27/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 26-34 (COR), As Corrected by the Prime Sponsor and Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO AMENDSECTION 3 OF PUBLIC LAW 33-104 AND SECTION 2 OF PUBLIC LAW 33-176, RELATIVE TO EXTENDING THE TIMELINES AND MEANS OF NOTIFICATION FOR LAND FOR THE LANDLESS PURCHASERS. (Moved to Third Reading File on 6/26/17; Moved back to Second Reading File on 6/27/17; Moved to Third Reading File on 6/27/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 93-34 (COR), As Amended on the Floor.  – AN ACT TO AMEND § 80.72(b) OF ARTICLE 5, CHAPTER 80; AND TO ADD A NEW § 85.61 TO CHAPTER 85, BOTH OF TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO IMPROVING THE GUAM PAROLE BOARD PROCESSES. (Moved on 6/27/17) [PASSED: 14 Yeas, 1 Nay – Senator M. F.Q. San Nicolas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 95-34 (LS), As Amended by the Committee. – AN ACT TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (c) TO § 61543 OF SUBARTICLE 5, ARTICLE 5, CHAPTER 61, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ELECTRONIC SIGNAGE. (Moved on 6/28/17) [PASSED: 12 Yeas, 3 Nays – Senator F.B. Aguon, Jr., Speaker B. J.F. Cruz, Vice Speaker T.M. Terlaje – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 69-34 (COR), As Corrected by the Prime Sponsor; and Substituted by the Prime Sponsor on the Floor; and Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO AMEND § 122503(k); TO ADD NEW §§ 122503(ee) AND 122503(ff); TOAMEND § 122508; TO ADD NEW §§ 122509(d)(7) AND 122509(e)(7); AND TO AMEND § 122510(a), ALL OF ARTICLE 25, CHAPTER 12, DIVISION 1, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND TAXATION TO COLLECT FEES AND ISSUE BUSINESS LICENSES FOR THE COMMERCIAL CULTIVATION, MANUFACTURING, LABORATORY TESTING, AND DISPENSARY ACTIVITIES OF MEDICAL CANNABIS; AND TO FURTHER IMPLEMENT THE “JOAQUIN (KC) CONCEPCION II COMPASSIONATE CANNABIS USE ACT OF 2013.” (Set aside on 6/28/17; Substituted on 6/28/17; Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 101-34 (LS), As Corrected by the Prime Sponsor and Amended by the Committee. – AN ACT TOAMEND § 9303 OF ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 9, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; AND AMEND § 1610 OF CHAPTER 16, TITLE 1, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ADOPTION OF RULES AND REGULATIONS. (Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED: 14 Yeas, 1 Nay – Senator T.C. Ada – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 102-34 (LS) – AN ACT TO AMEND § 9301(g), (h), AND (i) OF ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 9, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF RULES AND REGULATIONS. (Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 87-34 (COR), As Amended in the Committee of the Whole and Substituted on the Floor. – AN ACT TO TRANSFER AND APPROPRIATE FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($430,000) FROM THE CAPITOL DISTRICT FUND TO THE GUAM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (GDOE) OPERATIONS FUND FOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS NEEDED AT GDOE SCHOOLS. (Placed on Session Agenda – 6/26/17; Motion to Resolve into Committee of the Whole on 6/29/17; Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED/FAILED: 9 Yeas, 6 Nays – Senator T.C. Ada, Senator J.V. Espaldon, Senator R.B. Lee, Senator T.C. Nelson, Vice Speaker T.M. Terlaje, Senator M.C. Torres – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 97-34 (LS), As Corrected by the Prime Sponsor and Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO AMENDSECTIONS 1 AND 2 OF PUBLIC LAW 33-192, RELATIVE TO AN ADDITIONAL OPTION FOR EGRESS SIZING IN THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE
CODE AND THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE; AND TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION TO SECTION 202 AND A NEW SUBSECTION 308.6 TO SECTION 308 OF
THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE ADOPTED BY GUAM, RELATIVE TO DEFINING AND PROHIBITING SKY LANTERNS ON GUAM. (Placed on Session Agenda – 6/26/17; Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 103-34 (COR), As Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 11 OF CHAPTER XI, PUBLIC LAW 33-185, RELATIVE TO EXPEDITOUSLY PRODUCING SPECIAL RECOGNITION VETERANS LICENSE PLATES. (Placed on Session Agenda – 6/26/17; Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

Bill No. 94-34 (LS), As Substituted by the Committee and further Substituted on the Floor. – AN ACT TO DE-APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF

 

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($150,000) FROM THE GENERAL FUND APROPRIATION IN FISCAL YEAR 2017 TO I LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN (THE GUAM LEGISLATURE) AND TO APPROPRIATE SUCH SUM TO THE GUAM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (GDOE) OPERATIONS FUND FOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS NEEDED AT GDOE SCHOOLS. (Placed on Session Agenda – 6/27/17; Moved on 6/29/17) [PASSED: 12 Yeas, 3 Nays – Senator F.B. Aguon, Jr., Senator D.G. Rodriguez, Jr., Senator J.S. San Agustin – 6/30/17]

 

 

Resolution No. 45-34 (COR) – Relative to expressing the support of I Mina’Trentai Kuåttro Na Liheslaturan Guåhan(the 34th Guam Legislature) to advocate for government officials and scientists to monitor coastal zones on Guam and Micronesia for the possible downstream effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant nuclear accident, and to establish working sessions to assess the safety of and risk of radiation in seafood products from the Pacific Ocean.(Moved on 6/29/17) [ADOPTED: 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Gyongyi “Pika” P. Fejeran to serve as a Member of the Chamorro Land Trust Commission, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Elizabeth Fisher-Reyes to serve as a Bank Executive Office Representative of the Guam Banking and Insurance Board, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Monte D.M. Mesa to serve as a Member of the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) Board of Directors, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 14 Yeas, 1 Nay – Vice Speaker T.M. Terlaje – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Mae Fe Muyco to serve as a General Public Member of the Guam Board of Social Work, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Yuka Oguma to serve as an Accounting/Finance Representative of the Guam Academy Charter Schools Council, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Aja Ramos to serve as a NASW Representative of the Guam Board of Social Work, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

The nomination of Joseph C. Wesley to serve as a Member of the Guam Parole Board, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on 6/26/17) [CONFIRMED: Show of Hands – 15 Yeas – 6/30/17]

 

PASSED ON FILE

 

Bill No. 81-34 (LS), As Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING EDUCATION, HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY AS THE TOP PRIORITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT, TO FACILITATING THE GOVERNOR’S REORGANIZATION AUTHORITY OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; AND TO CITE THIS ACT AS THE “GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES ACT OF 2017.”(Set aside on 6/26/17)

 

Resolution No. 76-34 (COR) – Relative to respectfully requesting that Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo pursue via the United States Treasury and the Department of Interior a payment schedule for Section 30 reimbursements that will improve the Government of Guam’s cash-flow position by amortizing such payments in quarterly installments over the fiscal year, beginning with the Third (3rd) Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017. (Passed on 6/29/17)

 

Resolution No. 107-34 (COR) – Relative to establishing a “Wheels to Work” program to provide Guam Regional Transit Authority bus passes to individuals who are unemployed and are actively seeking work, subject to availability of funds, paid by voluntary contributions from senatorial office budgets, and to direct the Executive Director of I Liheslaturan Guåhan to establish policies and procedures for the program. (Passed on 6/29/17)

 

WITHDRAWN

 

Bill No. 100-34 (LS), As Amended by the Committee and further Amended on the Floor. – AN ACT TO AMEND § 2107 (b) OF CHAPTER 2, TITLE 2 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED AND TO ADD A NEW § 2107 (c) RELATIVE TO PROVIDING EXEMPTIONS FROM THE REQUIREMENT FOR APPRAISALS.  (Withdrawn by Sponsor on 6/28/17)

 

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For more information, please contact Christian F. Valencia, Committee on Rules Director, at 472-2461 or by sending an email to corguamlegislature@gmail.com.