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5/3/2016

Senators pass Respico bill to tackle erosion problems in southern Guam that threaten infrastructure, farming, heritage sites, and tourism jobs

May 3, 2016- On a 15-0 vote, the Guam Legislature Tuesday passed Senator Rory J. Respicio’s Bill No. 287-33 (COR), which establishes the Southern River Erosion Council and requires the creation of multi-year masterplans to address the erosion issues related to rivers in southern Guam.

This legislation, which won co-sponsorship of Senators Mary C. Torres, Thomas C. Ada and Frank F. Blas Jr., originated with a site visit to the Talofofo and Ugum Rivers organized by Senator Respicio’s office and the Southern Soil and Water Conservation District Board last December. What the visit revealed was a great erosion problem along the banks of these two rivers. This ongoing erosion has caused serious environmental problems as well as threats to navigation along the rivers, their water quality, and nearby Chamorro heritage sites. Furthermore, this erosion problem has endangered the jobs of people working in farms and tourism related activities along these two rivers. In the weeks following the site visit, Respicio’s Environment Committee held two roundtable discussions involving all those who have a stake in the future of these two rivers and the adjoining properties. Input was gathered from federal and local government agencies, southern landowners, academics, private sector enterprises and other stakeholders. One of their findings was that the Namo River in Santa Rita and other southern rivers also had serious erosion problems in need of remedial action.

5/3/2016

May 3, 2016- The Guam Legislature Tuesday by a 15-0 vote passed Senator Rory J. Respicio’s Bill 284-33 (COR), adding to a previous reform, which extended the age for used tires to be sold to ten years, saving consumers money on tires that still have a lot of life left in them. This new legislation updates the public notice required in tire shops informing consumers of the new 10 year standard for old tires. "This is companion legislation to an earlier law I sponsored which extends the use of tires from six years to ten years, and I'm happy this bill passed unanimously," said Respicio.

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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5/2/2016

May 2, 2016- Commenting on Chief Justice Robert J. Torres’ State of the Judiciary Address, Senator Rory J. Respicio stated: “The Chief Justice tonight gave us a very comprehensive and thorough review of our justice system. I was pleased with his emphasis on strategic planning and reform. I think he should be commended for making several important points about reducing repeat offenders and fairness in our pre-trial bail system.”

Respicio, who is a former Director of Youth Affairs, also noted Chief Justice Torres’ comments regarding the juvenile justice system, “The progress achieved in juvenile justice reform is particularly impressive. I agree wholeheartedly with the approach, as expressed by the Chief Justice, that we continue to work to reduce reliance on detention and build a system that is more tailored to the individual juvenile and that takes into account risk factors and level of maturity.”

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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5/2/2016

May 2, 2016– A resolution by Senator Rory J. Respicio called attention to Guam visitors Todd and Roxanne Bruce of Riverside, California, who became aware of Guam’s high level of military service to the United States and the island’s subsequent large population of veterans and their post-service problems.

Thanks to an innovative program sponsored by Ms. Bruce’s employer, the architectural firm Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke Architects Planners, the couple decided to visit Guam to interview and document the unusually large number of U.S. vets here and their issues to present to colleague and audiences back in California.

Senator Rory J. Respicio’s resolution, which was co-sponsored by Senator Tina Rose Muña-Barnes was presented to them last Friday in his office.

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