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Fri Jul 2, 2021, 07:07 PM

Guam Supreme Court upholds governor's quarantine power

The Supreme Court of Guam decided Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has sole authority over the regulation of quarantine, following an attempt by the Legislature to limit the governor's quarantine policy.

The decision comes after the governor filed a request for declaratory judgment to interpret her power to implement quarantine which was established in the Organic Act, according to a release sent by the Office of the Governor.

After an extensive briefing by the governor and multiple government agencies, the high court found any attempt to limit the Governor's quarantine policy was inorganic and void.

In its opinion, the Supreme Court concluded the Organic Act established a broad set of principles enacted to guide the governor and the Department of Public Health and Social Services as they promulgate quarantine policy and regulation. The high court added that quarantine orders may be challenged on constitutional grounds and must be neutrally and generally applicable.

Read more: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/07/02/supreme-court-upholds-governors-quarantine-power/7838205002/
(Guam Pacific Daily News)

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