Background checks proposed for House reps & Delegate to Congress

A bill which requires candidates wishing to run for the House of Representatives and Delegate to Congress to undergo a criminal background check has been introduced in the House by Mauputasi lawmaker, Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen.

The bill mandates the Chief Election Officer to conduct criminal background checks for all candidates running for the American Samoa House of Representatives and Representative to the US Congress.

In an interview with Rep Faimealelei before he introduced the bill today,  he explained that the Fono represents the “deepest insight” and wisdom of the leaders who were chosen by their respective districts in Tutuila and Manu’a.

He said the community has high regard for the leaders who represent them in the American Samoa Legislature and what each lawmaker does in the Fono is a reflection of that “tofa mamao.”

While Faimealelei is targeting candidates running  for the seats in the Fono, he says criminal background checks should also be done with all Fono employees .

The Ma’uputasi faipule said he’s aware of Fono employees who have criminal records.

Speaker Savali Talavou Ale has assigned the bill to Legal Affairs and Judiciary Committee Chairman, Representative Toeaina Faufano Autele.

A hearing will soon be scheduled to discuss the bill.


9 Comments

  1. Justice

    Faimealeaga…oops I mean Faimealelei this issue has no where to go and doesn’t make sense at all if the Senate is not include in this back round check. If you want to put into law than the whole entire Legislature will be subject for a back round check including those “GHOST EMPLOYEE” that get paid from their home for $55,000 annually for doing nothing.

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    1. SICK TO MY STOMACH

      I TOTALLY AGREED WITH JUSTICE. DOES THIS FAIPULE FROM AUA UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT OR THE BILL HE IS TRYING TO INTRODUCE. HE WAS ONE OF THE FAIPULE WHO STRONGLY SUPPORT THR FONO PAY INCREASE WHILE THE SCHOOLS AND OUR ONE AND ONLY HOSPITAL WERE FACING FINANCIAL PROBLEM S, OH AND I FORGOTBHE WAS ALSO A BOARD MEMBER OF LBJ AND HE IS SAYING THAT THE FONO HAS THE DEEPEST INSIGHT? YOU’RE A JOKE FAIMEALELEI AND NO WONDER JUSTICE MISTAKEN YOUR NAME TO FAIMEALEAGA.

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  2. SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL!

    JUST THE FACT THAT THESE DEADBEATS CONTINUE THE WASTE AND ABUSE, PUT FORTH JUVENILE LEGISLATION THAT DEFIES COMMON SENSE, HAVE A HAND IN THE PITIFUL SITUATION THIS COUNTRY’S IN, WHY IS SOMEONE LIKE FAIMEALELEI IN THE FONO? CAN’T HIS DISTRICT FIND SOMEONE INEPT AND AT LEAST WITH A BIT OF COMMON SENSE? IT’S THE OLD ADAGE, “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!” IT’S NON-THINKING PEOPLE WITHOUT VISION THAT PLAGUES ASG AND WONDER WHEN WE’LL EVER FIND CARING AND INTELLIGENT LEADERS TO REPRESENT US…….I’VE LEARN A LESSON AND WITH TUIKA NEXT TIME AROUND, IT CAN’T GET ANY WORSE THAN WHAT IT IS NOW!

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  3. Se soia

    Faifaipea ma loga nonsense is way out in left field. Send him back to ROTC………oooops no can do. Students know more than the clown. And this is why the Speaker did not want to air the House Sessions. e iloa ai le makavalea o faipule e pei o Faimea-sese ma le aoga. o a ga tofa mamao, i le fale mamao

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  4. THERE GOES THAT

    THERE GOES THAT

    Is this the same thing as getting all ASG employees drug tested?
    AND it NEVER happened?

    HMMMMMm I wonder why?

    PS – THERE GOES THAT

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  5. Oki-A-Kakou-Ia-Kakou

    This is just another way to get more funds to the fono……..ia ok! Fai a oukou….ua lalaka mai fo’i kou kaimi…….fai ma drug test o ta’ifau o lo’o feoa’i i le auala…SMH!

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  6. cholo hamo

    If there was any background check for the Fono Reps – the majority of the faipules would be long gone! how about the Aoa faipule and his case of touching a young girl a few years back? and still his district voted for him – insane! Background check is a nice idea and should be a must – but like the others have replied – it’ll be the same case with the drug-testing issue – a NO GO cause e maua uma ai lava le ‘au sifi ia e i luga i ofisa maualuluga ma lakou fagau ma lakou aiga!! … to each his own?!

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    1. SICK TO MY STOMACH

      CHOLO HAMO, I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT THE FONO ARE BLOWING HOT AIR AND JUST WANTED TO LET PEOPLE THEY’RE DOING SOMETHING BUTI ACTUALLY NOT. THEWORST IS E FAI E LATOU AE TA’U VALEA ATU AI FUA LE FONO MA LE MALO.

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