Gaum – Rules Committee Chair Senator Rory J. Respicio reports that during the first day of this week’s Session, Senators of the 31st Guam Legislature discussed and made amendments to Bill No. 413-31 (LS), which would revamp Guam’s election code.
The bill, drafted by the Guam Election Commission, was prepared based on the requirements of Public Law 61-31, authored by Senator Respicio, proposing a review and rewriting of Guam’s election laws.
P.L. 61-31 was introduced last year in response to the numerous problems that arose during the 2010 elections. The Legislature resolved into the
Committee of the Whole in order to allow members of the Election Commission, including Executive Director Maria Pangelinan, Legal Counsel Jeff Cook, and present and former board members Martha Ruth, Chris Carrillo, Don Weakley, Joe Mesa, John Taitano, and Alice Taijeron, to help answer questions from senators regarding the proposed amendments to the election law.
As Election Reform oversight chair, Senator Dennis Rodriguez led the discussion in committee of the whole, and 13 amendments have been adopted so far. Session resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m., with discussion to continue on Bill 413-31