Thursday, 09 March 2017

Lawmakers vote to repeal pay raises; raise the age of smoking to 21

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Both Bill 4 and Bill 9 are considered veto-proof, provided no lawmaker switches their vote if the bill comes back for override.

Guam - Today marks the third day of legislative session. Lawmakers resumed this afternoon to vote on Bills 3, 4, and 9 on session floor.

Though there may only be a handful of bills, the three pieces of legislation were some of the most contentious. Bill 3 was introduced earlier this year by Speaker BJ Cruz, which seeks to provide only the most affordable health insurance contract.

The bill received heat from Adelup, who contended that it was a matter of "life and death" for some residents to select one healthcare over another.

Today, the bill that promises to "provide the most affordable deal while maintaining the same level of coverage" was passed by just one vote with 8 ayes and 7 nays.

But perhaps the most controversial bill discussed this year was Bill 4, authored by the Office of Senator Frank Aguon, which seeks to reduce the salary of elected officials.

The bill drew much criticism from none other than the very individuals the bill addressed, with the loudest opposition stemming from the Office of the Governor.

Bill 4 received major support and passed with 10 in favor and 5 opposed and lastly, Bill 9, which seeks to raise the minimum age of access to tobacco products to 21 years old, passed with overwhelming support and unanimous consent with 15 in favor of the bill.

 

Both bill 4 and Bill 9 are considered veto-proof, provided no lawmaker switches their vote if the bill comes back for override.

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