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Josh Tenorio, an aide to Senator Cruz, explained to PNC News that the nominations were returned without action because, "in the legislature's eyes, the nominations have not been made pursuit to the law."
Tenorio said that the Governor's appointment letters do not indicate that the nominations were approved by the GMH Regents Nominating Council,a s required.
The return letters state: "The packet does not contain any indication that the appointment was made pursuant to 5 80 105.5 of Title 10 of the Guam Code Annotated."
"The Governor's legal council, said Tenorio, had advised the Legislature that because the Governor exercised his Organic Act authority to fire the senior management team at GMH and replace the Board members, it was not necessary to seek the approval of the Nominating Council.
However, Tenorio says that lawmakers feel that in the absence of legal guidance, they must follow the law which requires the nominations to come from the Council, and not the Governor.
The Acting Speaker,s aid Tenorio, has suggested that the Governor seek an opinion from the Attorney General or try and get a Declaratory Judgment from the Guam Supreme Court.
The nominees who anmes were returned are:
Dr. Edna Santos
Frances T. Mantanona
Albert R. Gurusamy
Dr. Ricardo Terlaje
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