Passed by the 115th U.S. Congress

House Resolution No. 2 by Rep. K. Michael Conaway
Contains a provision that extends the federal ban on cockfighting to U.S. territories. Also known as the Farm Bill, the legislation awaits President Donald J. Trump’s decision.

 

Signed into law by Gov. Edward B. Calvo

Bill No. 42-34 by Senators Dennis G. Rodriguez Jr. and Joe S. San Agustin
Establishes the Guam Able Savings Program, which provides tax-exempt bank accounts for people with disabilities.

Bill No. 236-34 by Sen. Thomas C. Ada
Establishes a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure program that further allows the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to monitor and limit certain regulated substances stored above ground.

Bill No. 274-34 by Sen. Fernando B. Esteves
Exempts Official Vehicle Inspection Safety fees collected by safety inspection stations from being applied to gross income when assessing business privilege taxes.

Bill No. 342-34 by Sen. Thomas C. Ada
Authorizes the Chamorro Land Trust Commission to enter into a 50-year lease agreement with the Guam Racing Federation to continue its activities at the Guam Raceway Park in Yigo.

Bill No. 366-34 by Senators Thomas C. Ada and Régine Biscoe Lee
Appropriates $3.5 million from the Healthy Futures Fund balance to the Department of Public Health and Social Services as the local matching requirement for the Medicaid program in fiscal 2019.

 

Bills lapsed into law

Bill No. 144-34 by Sen. Telena C. Nelson
Establishes the Guam Landlord and Tenant Rental Act of 2017, which provides an elaborate guide determining regulations, rights, obligations and remedies under a rental agreement for dwelling units on Guam.

Bill No. 324-34 by Sen. Telena C. Nelson
Criminalizes the disarming of a peace officer.

Bill No. 354-34 by Senators Thomas C. Ada and Régine Biscoe Lee
Transfers $700,000 of Guam Regional Medical City’s annual community contribution for use by the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services to serve as the local matching requirement for the Medicaid program.

 

Passed by the 34th Guam Legislature

Bill No. 32-34 by Sen. Joe S. San Agustin
Amends the Merit Award program so that recipients who are also eligible for the federal Pell Grant will first have the grant applied to their tuitions and fees, and the Student Financial Assistance Programs for Higher Education, which funds the Merit Award program, will pay the remaining balance.

Bill No. 154-34 by Thomas C. Ada
Authorizes the use of off-premise signs, including electronic signs and static billboards, and regulates their construction and operation. The bill also imposes penalties to owners of off-premise signage if they fail to follow regulations.

Bill No. 318-34 by Sen. Joe S. San Agustin
Amends Guam law to add more rules to where Bingo operations take place, how often finances should be reported and how often Bingo equipment should be inspected.

Bill No. 331-34 by Sen. Frank B. Aguon Jr.
Approves the architectural and engineering design for the Harmon Industrial Park Roadway improvements and rehabilitation.

Bill No. 374-34 by Sen. Thomas C. Ada
Clarifies the additional tax levy on real property improvements for units valued at $1 million or more.

 

Introduced in the 34th Guam Legislature

Bill No. 379-34 by Sen. Fernando B. Esteves
Prohibits the sale of polystyrene foam containers and serving of prepared foods using such material. If enacted, the ban is expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

Bill No. 380-34 by Senators Dennis G. Rodriguez and Louise B. Muña
Exempts qualified medical cannabis patients, their caregivers and licensed home cultivators from criminal and civil penalties of the Schedule I substance.

 

Signed into law by Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres

Public Law 20-82
Establishes a special reserve fund for the Northern Mariana Islands as aid in the event of a revenue shortfall or for educational, economic or infrastructural improvements.

Public Law 20-83
Requires all government entities to submit an annual citizen-centric report, to include financial management information and personnel records. mbj