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Fri Mar 5, 2021, 04:22 PM

Guam governor vetoes legislation that 'destroys' separation of powers

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Friday used her veto power to reject legislation that would allow the Legislature to clip her ability to keep the island under a public health emergency.

In a letter to Speaker Therese Terlaje, the governor also cast shade on senators who have indicated that the legislation, Bill No. 11, will improve government transparency.

"I recognize that my actions are regularly being judged by members of our community who have both a right and an obligation to understand and abide by any restrictions and mandates designed to safeguard our public health. But let's not pretend that Bill No. 11 is about a desire for legislative involvement or even transparency as several legislators indicated during the debate," the governor wrote, in part.

"We should recognize this bill for what it is: An effort to dictate the terms and conditions of a public health emergency by a body that does not have supervision or control over the agencies responsible for doing the necessary work to respond to the emergency and keep our community safe."

Read more: https://www.postguam.com/news/local/governor-vetoes-legislation-that-destroys-separation-of-powers/article_b407937e-7d90-11eb-beff-1f1ebee727a6.html

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