Guam – The Guam Legislature has received the funding it needs to pay out the nearly $431-thousand dollars in leave cash-outs requested by legislative employees and Senators who served in the 31st Legislature.
The Director of the Legislature, Vince Arriola, announced Wednesday that the checks are ready to be pickup up.
About $115-thousand dollars is being paid out to 13 of the 15 Senators in the previous legislature. Only Senators Ben Pangelinan and Chris Duenas declined to apply for leave payments.
Speaker Won Pat picks up the biggest check, more than $10-thousand dollars.
8 other Senators … Cruz, Muna-Barnes, Blas Jr., Respicio, Guthertz, Palacios, Tom Ada and Yamashita … are getting checks of more than $9-thousand dollars each.
Former Senator Mabini gets an $8-thousand plus check, and fellow former Senator Silva-Taijeron will pick up a $6-thousand dollar check.
Senators Tony Ada and Rodriguez each cashed out more than $5-thousand in leave.
The remaining $316-thousand in leave checks are going to legislative employees.
A bill passed in the final session of the 31st Legislature last month repeals the annual leave cash-out benefit.
READ the release from Legislative Director Arriola below:
Legislative lump sum payments to be released
January 30, 2013— Employees from the 31st Guam Legislature today will receive their annual leave lump sum payment. Checks will be distributed today covering the accrued leave for the previous term.
A total of $430,769 in existing legislative funds was released for accrued leave of which $114,649 of that was for senators and $316,120 was for legislative staff. The process of paying out accrued annual leave at the end of each term has occurred for nearly every legislative term since the beginning of the Guam Legislature. This is a routine practice at the end of terms for elected officials and unclassified staff and is authorized by law.
“Members of the 31st Guam Legislature in their last session repealed annual leave benefits so there will be no future lump sum payments for lawmakers,” Arriola said.
Employees and former employees of the 31st Guam Legislature may pick up their checks at the Legislature Payroll department anytime today. Employees who have questions may call Payroll at 472-3540.