Senate awaits bills from the administration

Statements by Senate President Gaoteote Palaie yesterday gives one the impression the Senate is depending on the executive branch to propose new laws or amend existing ones, even though lawmaking is the Fono’s responsibility.

Senator Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua had requested a status of bills pending in Committee so that action can be taken on pending pieces of legislation while there’s time.

The Senate President said in response that by tomorrow the Senate Secretary will give a report of all the bills now before the Senate.

He added that some legislation which had been tabled have to be re-introduced as new bills.

Gaoteote said he has also asked the governor if there are any bills to be submitted for review during this session to bring them all in at the same time instead of submitting them one by one.

He said senators should not be coming to sessions and wait for bills from the administration, so he’s asked the governor whatever bills have been drafted to submit them For the Fono’ review rather than bring them in one by one.

The Senate leader added that if there are no bills to be reviewed then the Senate can take another recess.

The Fono just returned from a three week break Monday.

Gaoteote also indicated that the administration will be submitting some money bills,

Yesterday two administration bills were introduced in both the Senate and House.

One bans the importation and sale of stryrofoam containers and the other assigns 1% of the 2% wage increase that was earmarked for the off-island referral program to the Governor’s Healthcare Porfessional Succession Initiative.


9 Comments

  1. Alofamai Alofaatu

    Uma na eva i le 3 vaiaso ona o atu laia talanoa i le stryrofoam container. O le fesili e faafefea la ona serve mea ai pe a fai o le a faasa ona faaaoga ia stryrofoam container. Faaaoga tou taimi e fai ai tulafono i drugs ia Ua tele atu i le atunuu ma tulafono e fai i le tele o tgt overstay. Aua o tele o le au soli tulafono o loo iai nei o le vaega laia o overstay. Tele mea mataga a tgt laia o loo faia i fanau teine iti. Nofo laia o outou ma mafaufau iai. Ae le o le tele o outou i le eva.

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  2. Citizen Cain

    HA!HA!HA! IN THE MEANTIME NO CONSTRUCTIVE LEGISLATION FROM UR OWN BRANCH…VOICES AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE?? LOOL. WHAT KINDA DYSFUNCTIONAL LEGISLATURE IS THIS?? WHATA CRYING SHAME!! MAYBE THE PEOPLE OUGHT TO MOVE FOR AN “ELECTED” UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE…THAT CAN REALLY LEGISLATE!!!

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    1. Wait your moment

      A Great idea!!ELECTED……UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE. Less staff, less chairs , less office allowance, less travel and more money for the hospital, ER!

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      1. Taxpayer disgusted

        Sa’o lelei ā oulua manaia le manatu lea…e ma’imau pe aga understand uma tgt le au fai palota o ia tulaga ma mea (se’i tulou) lo’u tutupu nei ile Maota o Fono ole Atunu’u. E le mafai sē galuega pe ā leai gi pili fa’aulu ma pili e a avatau le G e rubber stamp a ea, a’o sē iugafono fo’i, fa’aoga le subject title …’Another Free Day, We still get Paid, Thank u Very Much!!! Lol, but sad…really sad!

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        1. Where’s the skills

          Laga e no push mai latou ta’ita’i annnd what does that say folks??? Go figure…he wants another branch to lead, oh brother! Lol

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      2. No Voice, No Representation

        I think it’s time, we’re too small for bicameral fono. Just look, they don’t even know what to do with themselves, matua’i telē the lacking ma le fa’aletonu sē. Our forefathers ur predecessors are looking down in total disbelief.

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  3. Leadership

    Faapefea ga fia oso faakovaga o lea e oki faasoloakoa le fogo. Makua’i le leai se faamoemoega ma se faamaoni mo le lumana’i a Tutuila ma Manu’a. Sa’o ai le kala a le saiga..Ua fumfa mea uma.

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  4. inoinopipilo

    What??? Wait for bills from the administration. Is this the governor we want to put in place coming November? What a joke. Let me refresh your brain on your basic function as the "Legislative Branch/Fono" of our government; YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO MAKE LAWS, NOT WAIT FOR LAWS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION. Talofa e alii i lou faavasivasi ina a tetele. A faafefea la ona fia kovana ae le iloa ona fai o le galuega o loo fai nei. Se sao ai tala a tamaiti, "FAAPA ANE LOU ULU I LE MIC GALE". Absolute clueless as to what his job is and he is leading the senate who are probably talking about another recess because of no measures from the administration. Se mea ua ese. Le mau mea faaletonu o le tatou malo, ae faatalitali i le kovana mo ni pili faaulu. A ua leai se pili mai le faiga malo, faaulu e se senetoa se pili e ave uma ai outou e fai ni talavai o le mafaufau faamolemole.

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  5. Moli Lemana

    The Fono would have a lot to do pe ana approve le set up o le Senate Investigative Committee (SIC) faapena fo’i Le House Investigative Committee (HIC) mo le transparency and accountability e paleni ai le faiga o le malo…..Faapea a a’u ia e tolu a vaega ma’oti o le Malo…..(1)EXECUTIVE; (2)LEGISLATURE; (3) JUDICIAL….Ae foliga mai la o le e lua (1) EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATURE MA LE (2) JUDICIAL…..

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