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4/15/2015

Marianas Variety
BY JASMINE STOLE | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

AT YESTERDAY’S Cabotage Wall to Economic Development conference held in Puerto Rico, legislators from Hawaii and Guam made an appearance via Skype, urging fellow noncontiguous jurisdictions to spread awareness and explore the impact of a Jones Act exemption.

Guam Speaker Judith Won Pat, along with Sens. Rory Respicio, Tom Ada, Tina Muna-Barnes and Mary Torres, joined Hawaii Sens. Sam Slom, Gene Ward, and the President of Hawaii Shippers Council, Mike Hansen, in a video conference broadcast live during the event in Puerto Rico.

4/13/2015

Marianas Variety
BY JASMINE STOLE | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam senators will join discussion

GUAM Sens. Rory Respicio and Tom Ada, Puerto Rico Sen. Eduardo Bhatia, Sen. Sam Slom of Hawaii and Alaska Sen. John Coghill will participate in a videoconference to discuss legislative action taken to amend the Jones Act.

Most recently, Coghill sought a joint resolution between the Alaska legislature and U.S. Congress that would exempt his state and other jurisdictions from the Jones Act.

4/10/2015

Marianas Variety
BY LOUELLA LOSINIO | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

TO ADDRESS the longstanding problem of scrap tire disposal on island, Guam Environmental Protection Agency Chairman Robert Perron recommended that the legislature's committee on natural resources look at drafting legislation that would require shops to keep unusable or scrap tires after tire replacement.

Perron, who spoke during the confirmation hearing of Steve Carrara to be a GEPA board member, said that currently, shops give vehicle owners the option to keep or allow the shop to dispose of tires for a fee.

4/2/2015

KUAM News
by Ken Quintanilla

Just as a second hearing was held on legislation to demolish the Manuel Guerrero Administration Building in Hagatna, Senator Rory Respicio has decided to conduct more studies and remove it from the current session agenda.

While Bill 32 has drawn both its biggest critics and supporters, its author says it has at least accomplished one thing so far. "So I introduced the bill at the request of the administration to demolish the DOA building and to use the proceeds of the HOT bonds in order to do that," Respicio told KUAM News. "I think the greatest thing that has been done so far is the introduction of that bill - because it's causing members of our community to really think about the fate of that building."