The Committee on Military Affairs, under oversight Chairman, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., will host a Town Hall meeting at the Guam Legislature on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:30pm.
The Town Hall will feature presentations by various Veteran Service Organizations, public and private and will be on hand to provide information on the various services they provide.
All Veterans, Military Personnel and Veterans' Organizations are invited to participate and provide the Committee with their input on their issues of concern.
For more information, please contact the Office of Sen. Rodriguez via the website or at 649-8638/0511.
BILL 16-34 (COR)- HUNTER'S LAW
Bill 16-34, known as Hunter's Law was introduced to mandate health insurance carriers to cover Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their plans. This is in line with Public Law 33-227 that will establish an Autism Center in conjunction with the DISID Building in the near future.
Hunter's Law will assist individuals with Autism on Guam. According to research by the Autism Society, 1% of the world's population have ASD. The national organization, Autism Speaks, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 1 in 68 children have ASD in the United States, while some states report that it is even higher with 1 in 45.
"As many of these undetectable diseases become more prevalent in our community, it is imperative that we continue to support the families and individuals who have these diseases such as ASD. This legislation will provide the support financially and more importantly in healthcare treatment to ease the anxiety that these diseases may bring to the families," Sen. Rodriguez stated.
Link to Bill 16-34: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Bills_Introduced_34th/Bill%20No.%2016-34%20(COR).pdf
BILL 17-34 (COR)- ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERVENTION
Bill 17-34, known as the Animal Assisted Invervention (AAI) Act, will establish guidelines that will incorporate animals into the human experience. AAI, specifically the use of therapy dogs, shows measurable improvements in the conditions of human patients in cancer treatment, ASD and post-traumatice stress disorder, to name a few. Additionally, rescue dogs have contributed to the success of rescue missions especially during disasters.
The legislation for AAI will recognize the different levels of therapeutic dog support. Animal-Assisted Activities is the beginner level for therapy work, while Assisted-Animal Therapy involves specific goals for the patient or client, usually involving a medical professional or therapist, and works with the dog-handler to ensure such goals are met.
"For far too long, many of our island's residents have suffered the devastating impacts of the inability to seek proper care for many issues. The AAI Act will allow and open the doors of opportunity to ensure qualified patients or clients have an added tool in these animals to address the care they need to work toward living productive, healthy lives. This tool will broaden the scope of therapy, thus expanding the positive outcomes for many individuals," Sen. Rodriguez shared.
Link to Bill 17-34: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Bills_Introduced_34th/Bill%20No.%2017-34%20(COR).pdf
For more information contact the office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511.
Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., in one of his first acts as Oversight Chairman of the Committee on Tourism in the 34th Guam Legislature, joined the Guam Visitor's Bureau in a Hafa Adai Pledge (HAP) Signing Ceremony with 17 new participants representing the shop, dine and play category in the HAP program.
With 674 members representing over 33,500 individuals, the HAP means making a deeper commitment and taking more responsibility in our community. It also commits to "Uniting in One Spirit" for the perpetuation and preservation of the language, culture and traditions of our home; having a conscious awareness and concern, and supporting the programs that promote the culture; making a difference in the survival of our island culture; and, doing everything to "go local, look local and think local" throughout the year.
"I am very pleased that since 2009, the Hafa Adai Pledge program has attacted and encouraged over 674 businesses, on and off island to share the Hafa Adai spirit with over 33,000 employees and their families to go, think and look local. This is a great step in bringing awareness to what Guam's special culture and traditions are. The spirit of ina'guaiya and inafa'maolek are just a few of the ways we share our culture. In this year of Love, as branded by the GVB, we share our island love with all our visitors and encourage our people to do just the same with one another," Senator Rodriguez shared.
Senator Rodriguez, with GVB President Nate Denight and other GVB officials with the new Hafa Adai Pledge participants.
Sen. Rodriguez with the cultural entertainers after their performance commemorating the Hafa Adai Pledge.