Speaker calls emergency session for May 5th

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Speaker Tina Muna Barnes has called an emergency session for next Tuesday, May 5th at 10 a.m.

Senator Therese Terlaje Thursday asked the Speaker to convene a session in order to override the Governor’s veto of Bill 333-35.

Terlaje’s bill seeks “a rapid and transparent implementation of federal and local assistance programs” related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her veto message Tuesday, the Governor wrote: “A local statute commanding the Executive Branch to do what federal law already prescribes should not confuse these processes.”

Barnes agreed to call the session, telling Terlaje in a letter that she stands ready to support the senator’s efforts “to ensure transparency and restore the public’s trust in our Government of Guam.”

Barnes also noted that other senators are planning “to advocate” for various other bills which “may not have had a public hearing.”

The Speaker expressed the hope that scheduling the session for next Tuesday “gives them ample time to make the necessary arrangements should there be a need for a Committee of the Whole.”

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