Session Day 1: Health care choice bill under debate; hiker safety measure advances

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Guam lawmakers Monday went into the Committee of the Whole to take testimony on a bill that would allow GovGuam employees to choose between two health care providers instead of the one provider available now.

Concerns have been raised about the potential for Bill 255 to significantly increase the cost to Guam taxpayers of providing of health care coverage for GovGuam employees.

Senators also advanced Sen. Kelly Marsh’s Bill 241 to the voting file. The bill would create a rip current and hiking safety awareness program and outreach plan.

Session resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Currently in discussion:

  1. Bill No. 255-35 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Public Accountability, Human Resources, and the Guam Buildup. – Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Tina Rose Muña Barnes
    AN ACT TO AMEND REPEAL AND REENACT §§ 4301(a) AND §4302(c)(29), BOTH OF ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 4, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ALLOWING CHOICE FOR SUBSCRIBERS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRACT. *Resolved into Committee of the Whole.

Discussed and moved to the voting file:

  1. Bill No. 241-35 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Heritage and the Arts, Parks, Guam Products, Hagåtña-Revitalization, Self-Determination, and Regional Affairs; and further amended on the Floor. – Kelly Marsh (Taitano), PhD, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Telena Cruz Nelson, Clynton E. Ridgell AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 72110 TO CHAPTER 72, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING A RIP CURRENT AND HIKING SAFETY AWARENESS PROGRAM AND
    OUTREACH PLAN.

Nominations:

  1. The nomination of Robert C. Taitano to serve as a Member of the Civil Service Commission.

  2. The nomination of Dana A. Gutierrez to serve as a Judge of the Superior Court of Guam. *Placed on Session Agenda and Moved to the Voting File – 6/1/20

  3. The nomination of UM Dreama Asor to serve as a Member of the Department of Parks & Recreation Commission. *Placed on Session Agenda and Moved to the Voting File – 6/1/20

  4. The nomination of Rolando C. Zepeda to serve as a Member (Visual Arts) of the Guam Council on the Arts & Humanities Agency. *Placed on Session Agenda and Moved to the Voting File – 6/1/20

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