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The Committee on Health will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:30pm in the Legislature's Public Hearing Room.
 
The Committee will accept oral and written testimony on the following:
 
Bill 190-33 (COR)- An act to amend Section 9(c) of Public Law 32-054, relative to requiring that the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor exam is the sole requisite exam for licensure for Licensed Mental Health Counselor; and to amend Sections 1, 2, 8, 9 and 16 of P.L. 32-054 for purposes of establishing a licensed intern designation during the three thousand (3,000) hour post-graduate clinical experience period required for Mental Health Professional Licensure; and
 
Bill 211-33 (COR)- An act to amend Subsections 122317 and 122318 of Article 23, Chapter 12, Part 2, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated relative to extending the timeline for obtaining exemptions and exceptions for Social Worker Licensure upon the promulgation and enactment of the Rules and Regulations.
 
Individuals who wish to submit written testimony may address Sen. Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman, and send via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or hand deliver to his office at 176 Serenu Avenue Suite 107 Tamuning, Guam or to the Legislature's Mailroom at 155 Hesler Place Hagatna, Guam.
 
Individuals who may require special assistance are asked to contact the Office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511 no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing.
 
For more information, please contact 649-8638/0511.
 
Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!
 

The University of Guam Political Science Student Association (PSSA) is sponsoring their 3rd Annual Toiletry Drive beginning today through December 14, 2015.

PSSA's drive beneficiary is Sanctuary Inc. a non-profit organization who has served Guam's troubled youth and their families for 44 years.

We are seeking your help to donate toiletries and sundries for the use of their clientele (See below for details).  All donations may be dropped off to our office or you may contact us for pick-up.

For more information, please contact PSSA at [email protected] or our office at 649-8638/0511.

Thank you and God bless you for your generosity!

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When the Guam Farmer's Market in Dededo opens in a couple of weeks, there will be a name on the building synonymous with a champion.

Sen. Rodriguez introduced Bill 203-33(COR) on October 30 to name the Guam Farmer's Market the "vicente (ben) c. pangelinan Farmer's Market - I Metkaon Lancheron I Taotato or the People's Farmer's Market."

During the public hearing on the Bill, great support was received in testimony from many individuals who supported farmers and the late Speaker.  It was suggested that another name be referenced in Chamorro to ensure the renaming was accurate. 

After much deliberation and research, the final proposal was made to enhance the renaming and ultimately became the "The Speaker vicente (ben) c. pangelinan Guam Farmers Market: Sagan Lina'la I Manaotao Tano' (The Place of the Life of the People of the Land)."

"Speaker Ben was a true champion of the people. He worked hard to ensure the Guam Farmer's Cooperative had the land and assistance to build this long-awaited farmer's market.  During his public service, Speaker Ben never failed to recognize and support the work each man, woman and child did for the family and island community.  He continually fought for the rights of landowners, farmers, fishermen, and indigenous rights, making him their champion.  This is a wonderful way to remember Speaker Ben's contributions to our island community," Sen. Rodriguez stated.

The bill passed with 14 yea votes and 1 excused absence.  It now awaits the Governor's action to pass or veto.

 

In a week long Legislative Session, one of the Legislative Bills introduced by Sen. Rodriguez, Bill 133-33 (COR) was debated on the legislative floor during the November session last week.

Bill 133-33's intent was to authorize Guam's commissioned Notary Public's to perform their notarial acts in a foreign country for legal documents to be used on Guam.

After much debate and deliberation, the Guam Legislature passed the bill with 9 yeas, 5 nays and 1 excused absence.

This bill will provide added economic development in allowing Guam's Notary Publics to provide a service to investors from foreign countries in their real estate transactions. All documents notarized must be filed with the Department of Land Management.

The Bill has been transmitted to the Governor's office for his review and hopeful enactment.

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