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Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:20 PM

American Samoa Senate draws a line and rejects cell phone bill as "incomplete"

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a unanimous 13-0 vote, the Senate yesterday rejected in third and final reading an Administration bill that restricts the use of wireless electronic devices including cell phones while operating a motor vehicle except for — among other things — emergency calls and if an earpiece is used.

Prior to the vote, Sen. Fai’ivae Iuli Godinet reiterated his previous concern, saying that the proposed law is “incomplete” and return the measure to the Administration for appropriate revision. Sen. Togiola T.A. Tulafono moved to reject the measure and the final vote was unanimous.

The main sticking point senators argue is the legislation gave no provisions of the penalties or fees that will be imposed by the court on violators. (See yesterday’s edition for details.)

Another Administration bill already rejected and sent back to the Governor’s Office for further review is legislation that sought to remove from local law the two off-island board members for the American Samoa Power Authority board of directors. (See Samoa News online July 27.)

Read more: https://www.samoanews.com/local-news/senate-draws-line-and-rejects-cell-phone-bill-incomplete

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