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Sun Apr 25, 2021, 05:26 PM

CNMI senators hear pros and cons of amending Article XII

DURING a public hearing on Tuesday evening in the Senate chamber, the Committees on Resources, Economic Development, and Programs, and Judiciary, Government, Law, and Federal Relations heard testimonies from private citizens regarding Senate Legislative Initiative 22-1, which is a proposal to amend Article XII of the CNMI Constitution.

Introduced by Senate President Jude U. Hofschneider, the legislative initiative would remove the restriction on the alienation of land in the CNMI to allow NMD landowners to fully exercise their real property rights, and to reduce the NMD percentage of ownership interest in the Northern Marianas Descent Corp.

A legislative initiative must be passed by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members of each house present and voting. It cannot be vetoed by the governor, but it must be approved by voters.

During the public hearing, several private citizens, both young and old, either expressed their support or opposition to S.L.I. 22-1.

Read more: https://mvariety.com/news/senators-hear-pros-and-cons-of-amending-article-xii/article_1beaae60-a274-11eb-9e33-3f9c76520421.html
(Marianas Variety)

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