Senator Joe S. San Agustin has introduced Bill 361-35(COR) which he says will end the debate on the issue of double pay.
For several weeks, Senator San Agustin pushed the issue with the Director of the Department of Administration, Mr. Ed Birn, and Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho, upon which they provided responses and a legal opinion, respectively.
“With the opinion of the Attorney General, I sought to ensure that we did not miss out on the opportunity with this bill to support all employees in government service who are considered essential, in both classified and unclassified positions. This bill, if enacted, will make certain that there is no question as to who qualifies for the double pay,” Sen. San Agustin stated.
Bill 361-35(COR) establishes clarity on the double pay issue for all emergencies declared by the Governor of Guam. The provisions will be retroactive to the start of this COVID-19 pandemic with the Executive Order and defines the inclusion for all classified and unclassified employees who are required to report for duty during any emergency.
“I realize that other pieces of legislation have been introduced to address this issue. They address the double pay issue relative to our COVID-19 pandemic. We thank our front-line heroes for the work they do to fight this pandemic or any emergency they respond to when required to report for duty. While they fight for us, I will fight for them and I look to my colleagues in joining me. My bill will bring an end to the question on who may qualify for this benefit and when it applies — today and in the future,” Sen. San Agustin added.
The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Kelly Marsh (Taitano), Ph.D..