Hagåtña, Guam – The latest set of bills Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed into law will provide much-needed funding to the Autism Community and to riders of mass transit.
Bill 130-35, authored by Senator Therese Terlaje with input from the Governor’s Office, appropriates $150,000 from the Healthy Futures Fund to the Department of Administration for the purpose of operating The Guam Autism Center. Bill 130-35 is now Public Law 35-27.
“Since 2018, the Guam Autism Center has provided vital autism services for families on the island. Earlier this year I signed into law legislation that appropriated funding through excess General Fund revenues to the Center to ensure their doors remain open. However, due to a technicality, the availability of the funding cannot be determined until the end of Fiscal Year 2019. Public Law 35-27 rescinds the previous legislation and identifies a funding source that is immediately available. I want to thank Senator Therese Terlaje for her partnership in moving this new legislation forward so that families will benefit much sooner and have continued access to the adequate care they need for their children living with autism,” said Governor Leon Guerrero.
Bill 42-35, authored by Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, dedicates 6,120 square meters of land in Tamuning to the Guam Regional Transit Authority for the purpose of building a maintenance facility. Bill 42-35 is now Public Law 35-26.
“This land is an investment toward a safe, reliable and accessible transit system for our community. Our recent purchase of additional buses is the first of many I hope to add to our fleet for public transportation. It is our responsibility to make sure that these vehicles are well maintained and are always in good operation for Guam’s commuters. My Administration is committed to protecting these investments with the building of this maintenance and administrative facility. I want to thank Senator Pedo Terlaje for introducing this bill,” Governor Leon Guerrero added.