Hagåtña, Guam – Eight bills have been signed into Public Law.

New Laws:

  • Bill 13-35 – Amanda Shelton – Protects elderly and disabled individuals from financial exploitation. It is now Public Law 35-50.
  • Bill 40-35 – Telo Taitague – Establishes the Alcoholic Beverage Compliance Fees and Fines Fund. It is now Public Law 35-53.
  • Bill 127-35 – Kelly Marsh (Taitano) – Establishes an Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day on Guam. It is now Public Law 35-54.
  • Bill 131-35 – Telo Taitague – Authorizes proceeds from the Healthy Futures Fund to be used for the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Line of Credit. It is now Public Law 35-55.
  • Bill 150-35 – Kelly Marsh (Taitano) – Expands the scope of function and membership of the Islandwide Beautification Task Force. It is now Public Law 35-56.
  • Bill 157-35 – Amanda Shelton – Requires convicted sexual offenders whose cases are under appeal to retain their duty to register as sex offenders. It is now Public Law 35-51.
  • Bill 172-35 – Therese Terlaje – Ensures pre-sentence reports and assessments of offenders by the Guam Parole Board prior to release on parole. It is now Public Law 35-57.
  • Bill 86-35 – Speaker Tina Muña Barnes – Updates exterior signage laws in Tumon on H resort-hotel zone and defining and regulating digital signs. It is now Public Law 35-52.

The array of measures presented to me—from public safety, tourism, healthcare, regulatory and compliance—demonstrates many areas of priority addressed this legislative session. I look forward to working with the Legislature on measures that strengthen our economy for working families and keep our people safe,” said Governor Leon Guerrero.

Bill 5-35 lapsed into Public Law 35-58. In her transmittal letter, Governor Leon Guerrero cited a 2011 Attorney General opinion regarding the inorganic nature of Guam First Commission. 

Unfortunately, the Office of the Attorney General opined in February 2011, that a similar action violated the Organic Act of Guam. In attempting to determine the Organicity of a law establishing ‘The Guam First Commission,’ the AG wrote in relevant part: ‘Legislative power, as distinguished from executive power, is the authority to make laws, but not to enforce them or appoint the agents charged with the duty of such enforcement. The latter are executive functions,’” the Governor wrote.

She also referenced the recent visit of the Army Corps of Engineers to the Guam Memorial Hospital. The Army Corps of Engineers visit was intended to determine the structural integrity of the hospital, the future cost of repairs, and its potential for growth.

“The intent of Bill 5 is already being met. With the Army Corps of Engineers’ pending analysis and actions already taken by the GMHA Board of Trustees, as well expert opinions, the process for evaluating the facility has already begun,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

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