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4/1/2016

"On balance, I thought the Governor gave a very positive Address tonight. Governor Calvo tonight made several productive proposals for the community. I intend to take him up on his offer to work with his Administration for more athletic facilities in the villages and other improvements. I am also pleased with his support for the public/private partnership measure which Senator Rodriguez and I sponsored and I intend to work this Administration and Senator Rodriguez on providing $120 million in new funding for GMH. The Governor should also be commended for "thinking outside the box" and coming up with a new approach for the decolonization vote. I certainly believe this new initiative deserves serious consideration and his effort for a renewed political education campaign has my support. In this process though, we need to ensure that right of self determination of the native inhabitants is preserved and properly represented in any decolonization vote."

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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3/29/2016

March 29, 2016- A new Southern River Erosion Council and a related multi-year masterplan will be created under a bill just introduced by Senator Rory J. Respicio that is meant to deal with the erosion problems plaguing Guam’s southern rivers.

Senator Respicio, as Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, has been focusing the problem of erosion along rivers in southern part of the island.

A few weeks ago, Senator Respicio along with the Southern Conservation District Board organized a site visit to the Talofofo and Ugum rivers. Erosion along the banks of these two rivers have caused serious environmental problems as well as threats to navigation along the rivers, water quality, nearby heritage sites, and jobs from agriculture and tourism related activities along these two rivers.

Senator Respicio has been chairing roundtable discussions with representatives from federal and local agencies, southern landowners, academics, and other stakeholders to arrive at a plan of action to address erosion issues along not just the Talofofo and Ugum Rivers, but also the Namo River and other rivers in southern Guam.

“From these discussions has come this legislation which would provide the basis for a sustained multi-year effort by the community to tackle the problem of erosion along these rivers,” said Respicio.

Bill No. 287-33 (COR), would establish the new Southern River Erosion Council and mandate specific masterplans to mitigate erosion problems for rivers in southern Guam. Under the legislation, the Southern River Erosion Council would develop specific mitigation recommendations for rivers identified as needing erosion mitigation. Utilizing these recommendations, the Southern Masterplan Task Force already established by law, would produce the required masterplan for mitigation.

Bill No. 287-33 (COR) is cosponsored by Senator Mary Torres. Senator Respicio said he was particularly pleased that a broad and bi-partisan group of mayors, senators, environmental agencies and groups, southern residents and the administration of Governor Calvo could work together in harmony to address a serious problem.

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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3/22/2016

Efforts by Senator Rory J. Respicio to bring attention to and solve well documented erosion problems plaguing the southern Talofofo and Ugum Rivers may be leading to a coordinated effort to fix a problem that affects all rivers in the south.

Last December Senator Respicio, Chair of the Guam Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee led a group of Senators and other government officials to examine the growing erosion problem along the Talofofo and Ugum Rivers.

One result was draft legislation creating an ‘erosion council’ aimed at these specific rivers.

But a Tuesday roundtable discussion of the draft bill chaired by Respicio revealed the erosion and its damage is a current problem of more than two rivers.

A presentation by University of Guam Assistant Professor Austin J. Shelton of the Sea Grant Program offered an encouraging picture of experiments that have kept hundreds of tons of runoff from damaging coral reefs, but suggested the large measure of work ahead to solve the erosion problems that are largely linked to the rivers throughout the south.

Santa Rita Mayor Dale Alvarez said his village wants in on any effort that could solve problems caused by the nearby Namo River, which he said has already destroyed one family home and threatens others as well as a highway.

Senator Respicio picked up on the idea of a Southern River Erosion Council rather than one specific to Talofofo and Ugum. “This bill can evolve in whatever way you think will address the problems. We got this far because of your input and I think it’s an excellent suggestion to incorporate all of the other southern watersheds.”

Respicio recalled the Talofofo-Ugum erosion tour got a lot of support from mayors, various government and non-government environmental agencies and groups and the private sector as well as the administration of Governor Calvo: “That showed to me that we are onto something. By working together we can achieve these phenomenal things,” Respiciosaid.

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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3/17/2016

Senator Rory J. Respicio’s Bill No. 241-33 aimed at supporting ongoing recycling efforts on Guam won unanimous passage by the Guam Legislature last month and became law with Governor Calvo’s signature on March 4, 2016.

Lower prices paid for recycled material have dropped sharply recently, resulting in a major backlog of recyclable material piling up on island.

The new law will use the Recycling Revolving Fund to supplement the payments island recyclers presently receive for the trash from off-island recycling businesses. Established local recycling companies would be paid 30 dollars for every ton of solid waste recycled. This would help recyclers adjust to dropping prices for commodities such as plastic and cardboard and provide incentives and working capital for future expanded recycling operations.

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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3/17/2016

Senator Rory J. Respicio’s recently passed Bill 223-33, appropriates money from biosecurity inspection fees to fund both personnel and operational needs of the Biosecurity Division of the Guam Department of Agriculture.

The bill became Public Law 33-130 on March 4, with Governor Calvo’s signature.

“The Guam Department of Agriculture provides our government’s best resource of the professional knowledge needed to deal with invasive species, an ongoing problem in our globalized world,” said Senator Respicio, whose committee has legislative oversight of natural resources matters.

Public Law 31-43, passed by a previous Legislature, established a Biosecurity Division in the GDOA and also an Invasive Species Inspection Fee. These revenues are kept separate and apart from the General Fund, and can only be used for efforts to protect Guam from invasive species.

Public Law 31-43, also authorizes the department to hire a Program Coordinator IV to aid in the work of the Biosecurity Division, including helping to realize the full amount of revenues from the new fees expected by the department.

It’s anticipated that collections for this fund may eventually amount to as much as $2 million annually and the prompt availability of funds for new staff and operational requirements will keep the problems posed by future unwanted species in check.

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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3/8/2016

Senator Rory J. Respicio commented on the Tuesday night address of Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo:

“I think Congresswoman Bordallo gave a great speech. I was particularly pleased that she expressed support for our work on the Commission on Decolonization to advance the education process in preparation for the decolonization vote.”

Also welcome to Senator Respicio was the Congresswoman’s focus on environmental concerns. “The issue of bio-security is particularly important to our community with the threat of the Rhino Beetle and other invasive species. We have recently passed legislation to make available new local funding for bio-security, but the Congresswoman’s work to bring in addition federal funding is important to this effort,” said Respicio.

“To all of us who want to see Guam’s economy grow and create new jobs, it was also encouraging to hear that the military buildup continues to move forward,” Senator Respicio added. “There is renewed focus on expanding the visa waiver program which is important to our tourist industry.”

“With our growing community of veterans, I was also very pleased by the Congresswoman's report on the expansion of the Veteran's Outpatient Clinic. For too long there has been a disparity between services available to veterans on the mainland the service available to our veterans here on Guam. This $5.5 million project will help ensure that our veterans get the level of services to which they are entitled.”

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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3/1/2016

Senator Rory J. Respicio today picked up papers at the Guam Election Commission as a candidate for the 34th Guam Legislature. The Senator stated that he will be running on his record of producing results to reform the government, protect the environment, and improve the economy in order to produce more jobs.

Senator Respicio remains focused on the timely payments of tax refunds; the ongoing Hagåtña Redevelopment; promotion of a ‘One-Guam’ approach to the federal government and the military buildup through the Guam First Commission; providing incentives for the private sector recycling industry; protecting the environment; support for local farmers and fishermen; election reform and standing up for the dignity of our man’amko and rights of our families and working people.

“I am committed to the progress of our community and to standing up for all the people of Guam,” Senator Respicio said. “With their support, I will continue to fight for their interests as their public servant.” Respicio earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government & Politics with a minor in English/Business & Management from University of Maryland. He is a 1991 Graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. Senator Respicio is married to Joleen D. Flores and they have a son, Rory J. Respicio, Jr. His parents are Robert & Rose ManleyRespicio, and his siblings are Robert Jr. & Sonia Altemus (Shelby & Sidney); and Rebecca Respicio. His in-laws are Jimmy Dee Flores & Jackie Flores. His brother and sister-in-law are Dr. James & Valerie Flores of Los Angeles, and they have a daughter, Isa. Senatorial Record Fact Sheet:

TAX REFUNDS- Respicio supported the use of bond funding to pay long overdue refunds and sponsored one of the two bond measures that provided the funding in 2012 to bring current all refunds due taxpayers. He has supported tight fiscal budgets to help ensure that future revenues are not eaten up by expenses, and threatening the timely payment of tax refunds.

HAGÅTÑA REDEVELOPMENT- Respicio chairs the legislative committee with jurisdiction over Hagåtña Redevelopment and has helped move the process forward with legislation to restore the old Guam Legislature building and to rebuild old structures inHagåtña. He is also working on the FESTPAC Organizing Committee which is staging most of its activities in Hagåtña.

GUAM FIRST COMMISSION- Respicio sponsored the law that created the Guam First Commission and is a strong advocate of Guam speaking with one voice on the military buildup, Compact Impact, Political Status, and a broad range of federal territorial issues.

INCENTIVES FOR PRIVATE SECTOR RECYCLING- Respicio sponsored the recently passed Bill No. 241-33 which provides economic stimulus funding to licensed private sector recycling operations on Guam to provide incentives for expanded recycling.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT- Respicio sponsored the recently passed Bill No. 223-33 to fund Bio-Security operations to combat the threat to our environment from invasive species such as the Rhino Beetle. Respicio is also leading the effort to bring public and private stakeholders together for a comprehensive long term strategy to halt the massive erosion along the Talofofo and Ugum rivers. This erosion is threatening valuable heritage sites, water quality in the rivers, and the jobs of people in tourism related activities.

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL FARMERS AND FISHERMAN- Respicio has fought for fair treatment of farmers with respect to compensation due them for crop damages from storms. To help local farmers and fishermen with their marketing efforts, Respicioalso sponsored a new law that mandates the collection of valuable data on the imports of fresh produce and fish. He has worked with DOE, DOC, and other agencies to look for more ways to expand government purchases of local produce.

ELECTION REFORM- Respicio has sponsored new laws that provided comprehensive reform of our election code to protect ballots and prevent fraud.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.




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