Bills to make this have been introduced in the Fono.
“broader public participation”. He said it will result in a “more extensive range of skills and experienced resources being available to benefit” the
immigration and retirement boards.
The current immigration law provides that all five at-large members of the Immigration Board are all to be nationals of the United States of
American Samoa ancestry.
The bill increasing the board membership to nine, states that “at least five of the members shall be nationals or citizens of the US of American Samoa ancestry,” leaving the other four members to be whomever the governor wishes to appoint.
All board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Fono.
The bill dealing with membership of the Retirement Fundt Board bill states that at least two members shall be members of the retirement fund board with a minimum five years service and seven members shall not be members of the Fund “but shall include among them at least three members with experience in the private sector business community.
Presently three members of the board are are members of the Fund and two are not members.
The governor last month appointed John Marsh, Talaelmotu Mauga, Avamua Dave Haleck, Su'a Schuster and Brandt Judy to the Retirement board. Judy is the only member from the old board under the Togiola-Faoa administration who was re-appointed.
*For the Retirement board, the governor has picked Frank Gaisoa Sr., who
will be chairman, Sheri Butler, Moatulu'i Sipili Fuiava, Anitele'a Misioka
and Fred Mamea to the Immigration Board.*
*The Immigration nominations were introduced in the Fono today and a
hearing has been set for next week Monday by Representative Vui Florence
Saulo's Judiciary Committee to review the appointments.*
*If the bills seeking to up the board memberships are approved by the
Fono, the governor will appoint four more members for each respective board.