SESSION: Bill 127 Passed 12-2; Repeals “Inorganic” Provisions of Law Governing Appointment to GMH Board

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Guam – Guam Lawmakers this morning [Friday] passed a measure repealing the inorganic provisions of an existing law which required nominees to the GMH Board to be chosen by a “nominating council.”

The vote on Bill 127 was 12 yeas to 2 nays with 1 excused absence.

Senators Judi Won Pat and Ben Pangelinan voted against the measure. Senator B.J. Cruz had the excused absence.

Earlier this week the Attorney General ruled that the provision that was repealed violated the Governor’s organic authority to appoint Board members to the Guam Memorial Hospital.

In response to the AG’s opinion, the Legislature’s Health Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez just introduced Bill 127 yesterday, as an emergency piece of legislation in order to repeal the “inorganic” provision.

However Rodriguez and other Senators also made it clear that their swift action on Bill 127 was a good faith offering to Governor Calvo meant to convince him to send the names of the GMH Board members he has already impaneled to the legislature for confirmation.

The Governor last Friday used his organic authority to impanel the GMH Board and that Board is scheduled to have its first meeting next Thursday at 6 pm at the hospital.

PNC News has contacted the Governor’s office to ask whether or not the Governor will submit his GMH Board members to the legislature for confirmation, but as of this posting, the Governor’s office had not yet responded to our question.