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Jerick Sablan - Pacific Daily News

Sen. Rory Respicio proposed an amendment to Bill 107 to send prisoners eligible for deportation under a compact-impact agreement back to their home countries.

Other amendments were made during yesterday's legislative session to Bill 107, which has been referred to as the "two-strikes" bill. One of the changes increased the number of strikes to three. That means anyone who commits three of the offenses listed in the bill could be sentenced to life in prison.

Respicio said it would free up space in Department of Corrections facilities.

Corrections officials told senators during the bill's public hearing that the prison is crowded beyond capacity. The facility houses 703 people -- of which 221 are inmates and the rest are detainees. The facility was built to accommodate a population of about 300.



RECOGNIZING the need to amend the nearly-century-old Jones Act, Sen. Rory J. Respicio has introduced Resolution No. 138, which requests Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo to support modifications to the law.

In a public hearing for the resolution, Respicio said although the Jones Act provides a significant degree of protection for U.S. shipyards, domestic carriers and American merchant sailors, a recent U.S. International Trade Commission economic study found that repealing the Jones Act would have an annual positive effect on the overall U.S. economy of $656 million.

This and other studies make an economic case for exemption or modification of the Act, he added.

The Jones Act, otherwise known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires all goods shipped from the U.S. mainland to Guam and other noncontiguous jurisdictions be transported in U.S. carriers manned by U.S. crews.


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News Release from Office of Guam Legislature Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio (D)

June 4, 2013 - A hearing was held this morning on Resolution No. 138-32 (COR) – “Relative to requesting the Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam’s Delegate to Congress, support modifications to the antiquated and restrictive “Merchant Marine Act of 1920,” more commonly known as the “Jones Act,” which continues to have an adverse effect on certain noncontiguous domestic jurisdictions of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Territory of Guam.”

Students from various high schools around the island who are members of the Public Policy Institute testified in favor of Resolution No. 138-32 (COR). Those testifying included Joseph Maravilla, Anthony Lamorena, Dominique Ong, Rachell Kim and Linda Song.