Lawmakers team up to propose a part-time Guam legislatureWritten by Timothy Mchenry
Guam - Meantime, with the support of Adelup, Senators Fernando Esteves and Tommy Morrison plans to introduce a bill to institute a part time Guam Legislature.
Fulfilling a campaign promise, Esteves says he is currently drafting legislation for a part time legislature. But what would a part time legislature on Guam look like? Currently, over 40 states have either a hybrid or part time legislature. Salaries’ for part time legislators typically range from $15 to $20 thousand a year. Esteves says he is looking into a stipend of $1,500 per legislative session. This is not the first attempt at a part time body. Back in the 28th legislature, former senator Bob Klitzke introduced legislation for a part time legislature. While Esteves had previously talked about a part time legislature, he says the recent events surrounding the rollback of the pay raises has prompted him to begin drafting legislation. Meanwhile Senator Morrison gives his thoughts on joining Esteves to tackle his issue.
“If were deciding both as a body and as a people that because of financial constraints, it’s not feasible to pay somebody to leave a full-time job or a career or their profession to come serve the people then to stay true with the objective let’s open it up. Bring it down even below 55 to potentially a stipend where its part time enough where people can stay within their career. Things they've built their lives around," says Esteves.
Meanwhile Senator Morrison gives his thoughts on joining Esteves to tackle his issue.
“We all know in the last election, compared to previous election there were a lot of folks encouraged to participate in the election and run for public office and i think that was a result of the competitive wage act but we shouldn't stop there we should explore more opportunities such as a PT legislature and get more community discussion on this issue," says Morrison.