SESSION AGENDA: 11 Bills, 1 Resolution and 9 Appointments Make the List, McCreadie’s Prison Construction Bill Does Not

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Hagatna, Guam – The Legislature’s Rules Committee met Tuesday afternoon to set the Legislative agenda for the April Session which gets underway at 9am tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9.

11 bills, 1 resolution and 9 appointments made the Session agenda.

Among the measures to make the list, Senator Tommy Morrison’s Bill 286 to make permanent the “Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day” holiday; Senator Tom Ada’s Bill 207 approving the terms of Guam GPA’s revenue bonds.

Senator Frank Aguon’s Bill 244 is also on the list. It appropriates funds for pay raises for law enforcement officers at the Judiciary. Senator Brant McCreadie’s Bill #272 is on the agenda, it would increase sentences for vulnerable victims such as the elderly, children or tourists.

However, the Senator’s prison construction Bill #172 did not make the list, despite an appeal last week by McCreadie to Senator Pangelinan to release the measure from Committee for consideration during this Session.

READ the release from Senator Respicio below:

April Session Agenda (Hagatna, Guam) Majority Leader and Rules Chair Senator Rory J. Respicio, announces the following agenda items adopted in this afternoon’s Committee on Rules meeting. 

Session is scheduled to begin tomorrow Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. in the Speaker Antonio R. Unpingco Session Hall. The public is encouraged to tune in on MCV Channel 117 or GUdTV Channel 21.

Bills:

1. Bill No. 183-32 (COR) V. Anthony Ada, R.J. Respicio
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW ARTICLE 5 TO CHAPTER 3 OF 22GCA RELATIVE TO PRIVACY OF EMPLOYEES’ PERSONAL INFORMATION.

2. Bill No. 207-32 (COR) T.C. Ada,  R.J. Respicio
AN ACT TO ADD §8241.1 OF TITLE 12 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED AND TO APPROVE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF GUAM POWER AUTHORITY REVENUE BONDS TO FINANCE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ISLAND‐WIDE POWER SYSTEM.

3. Bill No. 224-32 (COR) Frank B. Aguon, Jr.
AN ACT AMENDING PUBLIC LAW 32‐068 RELATIVE TO WITHHOLDING TAX REVENUE COLLECTIONS AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO THE UNIFIED JUDICIARY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT SALARY INCREASE IMPLEMENTATION.

4. Bill No. 253-32 (COR) As Substituted Frank B. Aguon, Jr. T.C. Ada Vicente (ben) C. Pangelinan
AN ACT TO REPEAL AND RE-ENACT §30113 OF CHAPTER 30, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO THE EXCLUSION OF ATTORNEYS EMPLOYED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW WHO SERVES IN THE GUARD AND/OR RESERVE UNDER TITLE 10 OR TITLE 32 OF THE U.S. CODE.

5. Bill No. 272-32 (COR) Brant T. McCreadie
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §80.37.6 TO CHAPTER 80, TITLE 9 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO ENHANCED SENTENCES FOR VULNERABLE VICTIMS, WHICH MAY BE CITED AS THE “VULNERABLE VICTIMS ACT OF 2014”.

6. Bill No. 273-32 (COR) As Substituted Aline A. Yamashita, PhD., Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D. T.R. Muña Barnes
AN ACT REPEAL AND REENACT SECTION 70.35 OF CHAPTER 70, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; RELATIVE TO INVASION OF PRIVACY, CRIMINAL VOYEUERISM AND VIDEO VOYEURISM.

7. Bill No. 283-32 (COR) As Substituted T.C. Ada R.J. Respicio
AN ACT TO APPROVE AND ADOPT THE CIP SCHEDULE, STRATEGIC RECOMMENDATIONS, AND LAND USE DESIGNATIONS IN THE JOSE D. LEON GUERRERO COMMERCIAL PORT OF GUAM MASTER PLAN UPDATE 2013 REPORT.

9. Bill No. 286-32 (COR) Tommy Morrison, V. Anthony Ada, Chris M. Duenas, Frank B. Aguon, Jr. Brant T. McCreadie
AN ACT TO AMEND §1001 OF 1GCA RELATIVE TO ESTABLISHING GUAM HISTORY AND CHAMORRO HERITAGE DAY AS A LEGAL HOLIDAY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM.

10. Bill No. 289-32 (COR) B J.F. Cruz
AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION 5121(E) OF PART C, ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 5 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO PERMITTING ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN CONTRACTS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM RETIREMENT FUND.

11. Bill No. 135-32 (COR) As Substituted Frank B. Aguon,Jr.
AN ACT RELATIVE TO INCREASING THE REPRESENTATION OF THE NUMBER OF VETERANS SERVING ON THE GUAM VETERANS COMMISSION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; THROUGH THE REPEAL AND RE-ENACTMENT §67107 OF CHAPTER 67, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED.

Resolutions:

1. Resolution No. 138-32 (COR) R.J. Respicio, T.C. Ada ,V. Anthony Ada
Relative to requesting that the Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam’s Delegate to Congress, support modifications to the antiquated and restrictive “Merchant Marine Act of 1920,” more commonly known as the “Jones Act,” which continues to have an adverse effect on certain noncontiguous domestic jurisdictions of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Territory of Guam.

Confirmations to Boards and Commissions:

1. The Committee on Education, Public Library and Women’s Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of Kenneth P. Chargualaf to serve as a Member, Guam Educations Board Retired School Administrator Representative.

2. The Committee on Education, Public Library and Women’s Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of Charlene D. Concepcion to serve as a Member, Guam Education Board Parent Representative.

3. The Committee on Education, Public Library and Women’s Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of Gina Y. Ramos to serve as a Member, Guam Community College Board of Trustees.

4. The Committee on General Government Operations and Cultural Affairs hereby reports out the nomination of Darryl A. Taggerty to serve as Station Manager of the Guam Educational Telecommunications Corporation (KGTF/PBS) with the recommendation to do confirm.

5. The Committee on Public Safety, Infrastructure & Maritime Transportation hereby reports out the nomination of Ms. Rowena E. Perez to serve as a Commissioner to the Public Utilities Commission, for a term commencing on the date of her confirmation and expiring October 31, 2019, to fill the general public seat she previously held from November 1, 2007 through October 31, 2013 with the recommendation to do confirm.

6. The Committee on Aviation, Ground Transportation, Regulatory Concerns and Future Generations hereby reports out the nomination of Gurvinder S. Sobti to serve as a member of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam Board of Directors, for a term of three (3) years with the recommendation to do confirm.

7. The Committee on Aviation, Ground Transportation, Regulatory Concerns and Future Generations hereby reports out the nomination of Rosalinda A. Tolan to serve as a member of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam Board of Directors, for a term of three (3) years with the recommendation to do confirm..

8. The Committee on Health & Human Services, Health Insurance Reform, Economic Development, & Senior Citizens hereby reports out the nomination of Mr. Valentino G. Perez as a General Member of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Board of Trustees with the recommendation to do confirm.

9. The Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs, Human and Natural Resources; and Election Reform hereby reports out the nomination of Jerome Rocco to serve as Member of the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, for a term of three (3) years as defined by Title 10 GCA Chapter 45 §45103, beginning on November 29, 2013 to November 28, 2016 with the recommendation to do confirm.

Committee reports for the above mentioned items can be found on the Guam Legislature’s website at www.guamlegislature.com.

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.’