Speaker asks for AG opinion on San Nicolas annual address

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes (Guam Legislature photo)

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes has written Attorney General Leevin Camacho, asking for guidance pertaining to Congressman Michael San Nicolas’ annual address before the Guam Legislature.

Specifically, the Speaker wants to know whether San Nicolas is required by law to deliver an address on federal-territorial issues annually at a time to be determined by both her and the congressman.

“I have written a letter to the Congressman inviting him to the Legislature and have yet to receive a response. Given that the statute requires that I be a party to the determination of a date annually, I write to you seeking your input to ensure that I am in compliance with the law,” the Speaker wrote in her letter.

As the holidays and the end of the year approaches, the Speaker also asked the AG for clarification on the term “annually.”

“From my understanding, this means once a year. Should we fail to receive a response and should the year conclude before an address is delivered, what are the next steps?” the Speaker asked.

San Nicolas earlier said he will notify the legislature when he is ready to deliver the congressional address.

He said his office is currently focused on getting work done, and he will be more than happy to showcase that to the legislature.

In the meantime, San Nicolas said the legislature needs to focus on when they will address all of the local shortcomings that have people very frustrated.