Speaker’s Bills Provide Way to Fund School Security Systems, and Use Mileage for Student Travel

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Guam – Speaker Judi Won Pat highlighted passage of two of her bills in a release following the conclusion of today’s [Monday’s] Session.

One measure, Bill #1, approves a mechinisim which can be used by GEDA to procure security systems for Guam DOE schools. The other, Bill #44, authorizes the transfer of GovGuam earned airline mileage to pay for cultural and student travel.

In a release, Senator Won Pat says “the banking of airline miles earned government-wide has already helped many families in the form of travel assistance for medical referrals … Bill 44 expands this program by capturing the airline miles accrued through the use of government credit cards in all agencies, including autonomous agencies of the government of Guam.” 

As for Bill #1, Speaker Won Pat says the measure “will aid in deterring criminal activity at island schools by providing a funding mechanism to procure the installation, and maintenance of electronic security systems for public schools in Guam.”

READ Speaker Won Pat’s release below:

LAWMAKERS VOTE FOR SAFER SCHOOLS, SUPPORT MILEAGE FOR STUDENT TRAVEL

Pair of Measures Introduced by Speaker Won Pat Pass: Bill 1 will Improve Safety at Public Schools; Bill 44 will Authorize Government Earned Airline Miles for Student Travel Related to Academic, Sports and Cultural Activities

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2013

HAGÅTÑA – Campus security at island schools and the travel ability of students will soon improve if Governor Eddie Calvo signs off on a couple of measures passed during Session today. Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., chairperson of the committee on education introduced Bill 1-32(LS) and Bill 44-32(COR).

Bill 1 will aid in deterring criminal activity at island schools by providing a funding mechanism to procure the installation, and maintenance of electronic security systems for public schools in Guam.

“The horrible actions of criminals who break-into, deface, or otherwise steal from our schools affect the education of thousands of Guam’s children, are extremely costly and disrupt instructional time to no end. We must do what is necessary to protect our schools and schoolchildren,” stated Speaker Won Pat. “The use of surveillance systems at the campuses will not only deter crime, it will help in the prosecutorial process of these perpetrators.”

Bill 44 allows students to travel using government earned airline off-island student travel involving academic, sports and cultural activities. The banking of airline miles earned government-wide has already helped many families in the form of travel assistance for medical referrals.

Bill 44 expands this program by capturing the airline miles accrued through the use of government credit cards in all agencies, including autonomous agencies of the government of Guam.

“The new benefit will level the ability of all students in every demographic to attend off-island activities based on merit and opportunity rather than a family’s financial capacity,” explained Speaker Won Pat. “I’m excited about this prospect, students can continue to excel in their respective studies and know that if an opportunity arises for travel he or she will not be limited by financial means.”

Bill 1-32(LS) was also sponsored by Senator Tina Rose Muna Barnes. Senator Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D., Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz and Senator Rory J. Respicio joined Speaker Won Pat in sponsoring Bill 44-32(COR).