Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Over-Ride of Election Reform Veto Fails; Unborn Victims of Violence Act Defeated

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Guam - The legislature's majority Monday afternoon failed to get the 10 votes they sought to over-ride Governor Calvo's veto of the election reform bill.

The over-ride of  Bill #413 gained just 9 votes, 1 short of an over-ride. The 9 voting for an over-ride were Senators Tom Ada ,  B.J.  Cruz,  J.P.  Guthertz,  T.M.  Barnes,  A.B. Palacios, R. J. Respicio, D.G. Rodriguez, J. T. Won Pat, A. Yamashita.

4 Senators voted against the over-ride, Senators Tony Ada, Mana Silva-Taijeron, Frank Blas Jr. and Sam Mabini.

2 were absent, Senator Ben Pangelinan and Senator Chris Duenas.

At the conclusion of the Session, Senator Rory Respicio moved for reconsideration of the election reform bill and another attempt to over-ride the Governor's veto of that measure will be made in the December session. And if Senator Pangelinan is back, the over-ride may succeed then.

Another controversial measure that went down to defeat was Bill #409 which had to do with acts of violence against an unborn child. The 7 Senators who voted against it were Senators Tom Ada ,  B.J.  Cruz,  J.P.  Guthertz,  R. J. Respicio, J. T. Won Pat, A. Yamashita and Mabini.

6 Senators voted for it. They were Senators Tony Ada,  Frank Blas Jr. [who introduced the bill], Tina Muna-Barnes, Adolpho Palacios, Dennis Rodriguez, Mana Silva-Taijeron.

Bill #506 was approved. It sets the fee schedule for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which should bring in millions of dollars annually to the ailing agency. It passed with 13 yes votes.

READ Majority Leader Senator Respicio's report on the Session in FULL below:

November 26, 2012 5:22 PM
For Immediate Release
Session Update
21 Bill Passed

(Hagåtña,  Guam)  –  Majority  Leader  &  Committee  on  Rules  Chairman  Senator  Rory  J. Respicio reports that during today’s Session, Senators of the 31st Guam Legislature voted 22 bills & Veto Bill 413, listed below.


BILLS :


1. Vetoed Bill No. 413‐31(COR) ‐
D. G. Rodriguez, Jr
An act to repeal and reenact Chapters 1 through 20, of Title 3, Guam Code Annotated [Elections]  
(9  yeas,  4  nays,  2  excused  absence)  (Sen.  T.C.  Ada,  B.J.  Cruz,  J.P.  Guthertz,  T.M.  Barnes,  A.B. Palacios, R. J. Respicio, D.G. Rodriguez, J. T. Won Pat, A. Yamashita)

2. Bill  No.  409‐31(COR)  – As  Amended  by  the  Committee  on  Public  Safety  Law  Enforcement  and Judiciary (F. F. Blas, Jr.)
AN ACT TO ADD CHAPTER 16 17 TO TITLE 19 9 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST AN UNBORN CHILD.   (6 yeas, 7 nays, 2 excused absence) (Sen. V.A. Ada, F. Blas Jr., T. M. Barnes, A.B. Palacios, D. G. Rodriguez, M. S. Taijeron)

3. Bill  No.  506‐31  (COR)  – As  Substituted  by  the  Committee  on  Health  &  Human  Services,  Senior Citizens, Economic Development and Election Reform (B. J.F. Cruz)
AN  ACT  TO  ADOPT  THE  PROPOSED  FEE  SCHEDULE  FOR  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ATTACHED AS EXHIBIT A. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

4. PASSED -Bill  No.  263‐31(COR)  – As  Substituted  by  Committee  on  Appropriations,  Taxation,  Public  Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement and Land. (A. A. Yamashita, PhD.)
AN  ACT  TO  AMEND  §  61103(D),  REPEAL  §  61531.1,  AND  AMEND  §61532  ALL  OF  PART  4, CHAPTER 61, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO PARKING REGULATIONS.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

5. PASSED - Bill No. 361‐31(COR) ‐
by Judith P. Guthertz, DPA
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW SUB SECTION 21008.1(A)(B)(C)(D) AND (E) TO CHAPTER 21 OF TITLE 3 GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED  RELATIVE  TO  PROVIDING  A  MECHANISM  TO  ENHANCE  THE REGISTRATION  PROCESS  OF  THE  GUAM  DECOLONIZATION  REGISTRY  BY  ENLISTING  THE ASSISTANCE OF ALL EMPLOYERS IN GUAM BEGINNING WITH THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE
AND JUDICIAL BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM AND THE MAYORS’  COUNCIL OF GUAM. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

6. PASSED - Bill No. 385‐31 (COR) –
As Amended by the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary. (V. Anthony Ada, F. F. Blas, Jr., A.B. Palacios, Sr.)  
AN  ACT  TO  ADD  A  NEW  §89.15  TO  CHAPTER  89  OF  9GCA  RELATIVE  TO  EMPLOYMENT LIMITATIONS ON CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

7. PASSED - Bill  No.  388‐31  (COR)  –
As  Substituted  Committee  on  Health  &  Human  Services,  Economic Development, Senior Citizens, and Election Reform (D. G. Rodriguez, Jr.)
AN ACT TO ADOPT ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROCEDURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF  COMMUNICABLE  DISEASE,  AS  PROVIDED  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE  3  OF  CHAPTER  3, DIVISION  1,  TITLE  10,  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED,  BY  ADDING  A  NEW  CHAPTER  10  TO DIVISION 1 OF TITLE 26, GUAM ADMINISTRATIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

8. PASSED -Bill No. 440‐31 (COR) –
by F. F. Blas, Jr., V. A. Ada, A. A. Yamashita, M. Silva Taijeron, C. M. Dueñas, S. A. Mabini
AN  ACT  TO  ESTABLISH  A  TASK  GROUP  WITHIN  THE  GUAM  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING A MASTER PLAN FOR THE AGANA SPRING AND MINONDO RIVER AREAS. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

9. PASSED - Bill No. 445‐31(COR) –
by Judith P. Guthertz, DPA
AN  ACT  TO  REPEAL  AND  REENACT  CHAPTER  12  OF  TITLE  5,  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED, RELATIVE  TO  THE  MODERNIZATION  AND  RIGHTSIZING  COMMISSION  OF  THE GOVERNMENT  OF  GUAM  AND  REPEALING  ANTIQUATED,  UNFUNDED  AND/OR UNDERUTILIZED STATUTES OR ADMINSTRATIVE RULES. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

10. PASSED - Bill No. 455‐31 (COR) –
As Substituted by the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary (v. c. pangelinan)  
AN  ACT  TO  AMEND  §89.09  (f)  AND  TO  ADD  A  NEW  SECTION  §89.09  (g)  OF  TITLE  9  GCA RELATIVE  TO  AUTHORIZING  THE  JUDICIARY  OF  GUAM  TO  SUBMIT  REQUESTS  FOR CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FOR ALL GUAM AMERICORPS VOLUNTEERS. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

11. PASSED - Bill No. 459‐31 (COR) –
As Amended by the Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Public Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement and Land (T. R. Muña Barnes, D. G. Rodriguez, Jr.)
AN  ACT  TO  AUTHORIZE  I  MAGAʹLAHEN  GUÅHAN  TO  EXCHANGE  GOVERNMENT‐OWNED PROPERTY IN TAMUNING FOR PRIVATELY‐OWNED PROPERTY IN DEDEDO OWNED BY THE ESTATE OF LORENZO C. ROSARIO. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

12. PASSED - Bill No. 461‐31 (COR) –
As Substituted Committee on Health &   Human Services, Economic Development, Senior Citizens, and Election Reform  
(v. c. pangelinan, B.J.F. Cruz, R.J. Respicio, J. P. Guthertz, T. R. Muña Barnes)
AN  ACT  TO  ADD  ARTICLE  23  TO  TITLE  10  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTTED,  CHAPTER  12,  PART  2 RELATIVE TO THE CREATION OF THE GUAM SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE ACT.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

13. PASSED - Bill No. 462‐31 (COR) – As Substituted by the Committee on Utilities, transportation, Public Works and Veteranʹs Affairs (T. C. Ada, R. J. Respicio)   AN ACT TO ADD A NEW ARTICLE 1B, TO 4 GCA, CHAPTER 4 TO READ “DERIVED VETERANS BENEFITS FOR SPOUSES, SURVIVING SPOUSES AND LEGAL GUARDIANS”.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

14. PASSED - Bill No. 466‐31 (LS) –
As Substituted by the Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Procurement, General Government Operations And Public Broadcasting. (Sam Mabini, Ph.D.)
AN  ACT  TO  AMEND  §4101  SUB‐ITEM  C,  TITLE  4  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED,    CHAPTER  4, RELATIVE TO REQUIRING MANDATORY SKILLS ASSESSMENT TESTING AS A REQUIREMENT FOR GOVERNMENT OF GUAM EMPLOYMENT.  
(12 yeas, 1 nay, 2 excused absence) (Speaker Won Pat)

15. PASSED - Bill No. 476‐31 (COR) –
by Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr.  
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (i) TO §28.40 OF ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 28, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO DEFINING THE TERM “PORNOGRAPHIC”.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

16. PASSED - Bill No. 477‐31 (COR) –
by Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr.  
AN ACT TO AMEND §23112 OF ARTICLE 1 AND §23203 OF ARTICLE 2, BOTH OF CHAPTER 23, DIVISION 2, TITLE 7, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO LEVIES ON EARNINGS.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

17. PASSED - Bill No. 480‐31 (COR) –
As Amended by the Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Public Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement, and Land (V. Anthony Ada, R. J. Respicio, F. F. Blas, Jr.)
AN  ACT  TO  AMEND  §3601  OF  CHAPTER  3  OF  16GCA  RELATIVE  TO  VEHICLE  SAFETY INSPECTIONS. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

18. PASSED - Bill No. 482‐31 (COR) –
As Amended by the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary (Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr.)  
AN ACT TO AMEND §§25.01.20, 25.01.30 AND 25.01.40 OF CHAPTER 25.01, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE SOLICITATION OF CHILDREN AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

19. PASSED -Bill  No.  492‐31  (COR)  –
As  Substituted  by  the  Committee  on  Utilities,  Transportation,  Public Works and Veterans Affairs (D. G. Rodriguez, Jr., V. Anthony Ada)
AN ACT RELATIVE TO PROVIDING COMPENSATION TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE GUAM PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, BY ADDING A NEW SUBSECTION (k) TO §12001 OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 12, TITLE 12, GUAM CODE ANNOTED.  
(8  yeas,  5  nays,  2  excused  absence)  (Sen.  V.  A.  Ada,  F.  Blas  Jr.,  T.  M.  Barnes,  A.B.  Palacios,  R.J. Respicio, D. G. Rodriguez, M.S. Taijeron, A. Yamashita)

20. PASSED - Bill No. 509‐31 (COR) –
As Substituted by the Committee on Education  (Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., Tina R. Muña Barnes)    
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 15A OF DIVISION 3, TITLE 17 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO THE STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

21. PASSED - Bill No. 522‐31 (COR) –
by T. R. Muña Barnes  
AN ACT TO AMEND §40105 OF CHAPTER 40, TITLE 5 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO THE TERM OF OFFICE FOR OFFICERS OF THE MAYORS’ COUNCIL OF GUAM.
(13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

22. PASSED - Bill No. 525‐31 (COR) –
As Substituted by the Author (R. J. Respicio)  
AN  ACT  TO  AMEND  TITLE  10  GUAM  CODE  ANNOTATED  CHAPTER  2  §  2208  RELATIVE  TO MAMMOGRAM  SCREENING,  BY  ADDING  A  NEW  §2208.1  TO  REQUIRE  MAMMOGRAPHY REPORTING  REQUIREMENTS  FOR  CERTAIN  PATIENTS  WHEN  NECESSARY,  RELATIVE  TO BREAST DENSITY. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

23. PASSED - Bill No. 530‐31 (COR) –
by T. C. Ada
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION (D) (4) OF PUBLIC LAW 31‐233 TO CLARIFY THAT THE THREE HUNDRED  NINETY  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  ($390,000)  APPROPRIATED  FROM  THE  GENERAL FUND IS TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURAL WORK  REQUIRED  FOR  THE  EXPANSION  AND  UPGRADE  OF  THE  GUAM  VETERANS CEMETERY. (13 yeas, 2 excused absence)

Committee report for the above mentioned items can be found on the Guam Legislature’s website at www.guamlegislature.com.


UNSWORN DECLARATION: ‘I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of
perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at
the place and date identified herein.’
Rory J. Respicio

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