Session Day 2: Lawmakers add harsher fines to 'Tobacco 21'Written by Timothy Mchenry
Guam - The second day of session rolled on, featuring discussions on speaker B.J. Cruz’s bill 9.
Speaker Cruz’s bill 9, affectionately known as 'tobacco 21," seeks to raise the legal age of purchase for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 years of age. Senator Fernando Esteves proffered an amendment on the floor to increase fines for businesses caught selling tobacco products to underage customers. Another amendment was offered by Senator Joe San Agustin to again increase the penalty for those caught selling to underage customers but was withdrawn.
Instead, San Agustin says he will introduce a bill in the near future to make it a crime for businesses caught selling to underage customers. Lawmakers also debated a controversial resolution to support we the people project in their cases to gain voting rights for Guam residents but that resolution was ultimately sent back to the author. Bill 9 was moved to the third reading file. Session resumes Thursday.
PRESS RELEASE FROM COMMITTEE ON RULES:
THIRD READING AND VOTING FILE:
Bill No. 3-34 (COR) - AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 4301(a) AND 4302(c)(2), BOTH OF ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 4, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ENSURING THAT ONLY THE MOST ECONOMICAL AND BENEFICIAL HEALTHCARE INSURANCE PROPOSAL PLAN FOR GOVERNMENT OF GUAM EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES AND FOSTER CHILDREN IS FORWARDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM HEALTH INSURANCE NEGOTIATING TEAM TO I MAGA’LÅHEN GUÅHAN FOR CONSIDERATION; AND TO DIVESTING THE LEGISLATURE OF FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY OVER ANY CONTRACT ENTERED INTO BY I MAGA’LÅHEN GUÅHAN FOR THE SAME.(Moved on 3/7/17)
Bill No. 4-34 (COR), as amended by the Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication - AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 1 OF PUBLIC LAW 32-208 RELATIVE TO EXCLUDING I MAGA'LÅHAN GUÅHAN, I SEGUNDU NA MAGA'LÅHEN GUÅHAN, AND SENATORS OF I LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN FROM THE COMPETITIVE WAGE ACT OF 2014; AND TO ADD A NEW § 1106.1 TO CHAPTER 1, TITLE 2, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; TO ADD § 1103 TO DIVISION 1 OF ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; TO ADD § 2100.1 TO ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 2, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO REDUCING THE COMPENSATION OF I MAGA'LÅHAN GUÅHAN,I SEGUNDU NA MAGA'LÅHEN GUÅHAN, AND SENATORS OF I LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN. (Moved on 3/7/17)
Bill No. 9-34 (COR), as amended on the Floor – AN ACT TO AMEND ITEM (l) OF § 6101 OF ARTICLE 1, § 6302 OF ARTICLE 3, AND SECTIONS UNDER ARTICLE 4, ALL OF CHAPTER 6, TITLE 11, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED; RELATIVE TO CLARIFYING THE DEFINITION OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE OF LEGAL ACCESS TO TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO TWENTY-ONE (21) YEARS, AND CITING THIS ACT AS “YOUTH PROTECTION ACT OF 2017”.(Moved on )
The Committee on Guam-U.S. Military Buildup, Infrastructure, and Transportation hereby reports out the nomination of Francisco G. Santos to serve as a Member of the Guam Port Authority Board of Directors, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on )
The Committee on Health, Tourism, Military Affairs, and Senior Citizens hereby reports out the nomination of William D. Nault to serve as a Member of the Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on )
The Committee on Education, Finance and Taxation hereby reports out the nomination of Raymond A. Schnabel to serve as an Insurance Banking Representative, Guam Banking and Insurance Board, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on )
The Committee on Education, Finance and Taxation hereby reports out the nomination of Candy C. Okuhama to serve as a Member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on )
The Committee on Education, Finance and Taxation hereby reports out the nomination of Earl J. Garrido to serve as the Member of the Cockpit License Board, with the recommendation to confirm. (Moved on )
REFERRED BACK TO PRIME SPONSOR:
Resolution No. 27-34 (COR) – Relative to recognizing the We the People Project for advancing voting rights for the people of Guam and other territories by representing Luis Segovia and the other plaintiffs in Segovia v. Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners; and does further commend them for advocating for the voting rights of the people of Guam, the other territories, and the District of Columbia. (Referred on)