| 21|| GMH bailout proposed without tax increases |
“Bill 340 doesn't intend to borrow beyond what is needed to extinguish GMH's vendor debt,” Rodriguez said. “This is the priority at this time; we need to ensure our hospital has the supplies to care for our people.”
| 22|| Senators explain 'no' votes on AG authority bill |
Some Guam lawmakers who voted against a measure last week that could give the island’s attorney general more authority in government litigation said, in their opinion, the bill adds “bureaucracy” and undermines the “autonomy” of local government agencies — reasons that prompted their no votes.
| 23|| Rodriguez pens twin bills to aide GMH |
Just as Governor Eddie Calvo introduced a bill to help the Guam Memorial Hospital, Committee on Health chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. has come forward with his own alternative measure. His Bill 340 would refinance existing bonds in order to achieve savings due to the existing favorable market conditions. The intent of Bill 340 is for the savings to provide no more than $30 million to assist GMH pay off its existing vendor payables.
| 24|| Officials call for visa waiver for Filipino, Vietnamese tourists |
Lawmakers on Friday unanimously supported Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr.’s resolution to include the two countries in the visa waiver program, which Guam shares with the Northern Marianas.
| 25|| How much will it cost to get GMH in top form? |
Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. told KUAM News, "We've been fielding calls all day this morning, yesterday with businesses really just nervous, and up in arms with this potential of an increase in taxes."
| 26|| Bordallo backs including Vietnam and Philippines in visa waiver program |
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is supporting a legislative resolution introduced by Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., which encourages Governor Eddie Calvo to petition Homeland Security to include Vietnam and the Philippines in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. According to Bordallo the resolution compliments her call to diversify our tourism industry.
| 27|| Bill to raise legal smoking age passes |
Guam lawmakers Friday passed legislation aimed at curbing the island’s rate of tobacco users by increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco-related products, and electronic cigarettes, to 21.
| 28|| Governor meets with GMH staff about possible $40M tax hike |
Governor Eddie Calvo met with Guam Memorial Hospital staff today to discuss a plan that calls for as much as $40 million a year in tax increases and $160 million in refinancing and new bond debt. The money would adequately fund GMH, capital improvements, and vendor payables.
| 29|| Rodriguez reviewing rules governing medicinal marijuana |
Health chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. says he is reviewing the recommendations and will make a determination of whether to amend, reject or approve the rules by next week Monday. He tells KUAM News that changes will definitely be made to the rules, adding, "I realize this is a mandate of the people, so we have to work really hard to ensure we get it done one way or another."
| 30|| Medical pot supporters blast rules, regulations |
While the Guam Legislature’s public hearing room was filled Tuesday evening with supporters of the medicinal cannabis program, many were displeased with the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ latest draft of the rules.
| 31|| Recreational pot may get voter initiative via advocacy group |
A local marijuana advocacy group currently is in the research phase of drafting a voter initiative that would propose legalizing marijuana for recreational use on island.
| 32|| Resolution would require all bills to get public hearing |
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., D-Dededo, introduced Resolution 339-33 following criticism he received after hosting his own hearing for three measures he authored that for months were stalled in Sen. Mike San Nicolas’ committee.
| 33|| Respicio to Move Stalled Bills From San Nicolas Committee to Other Committees |
Infighting amongst democrats has caused three party members to go against Senator Mike San Nicolas' committee and resubmit their bills to different committees to finally be able to hold official public hearings.
| 34|| Resident Calls Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr's Hearing 'Illegal' |
An argument between legislative staffer, acting in his personal capacity, John Paul Manuel and Senator Dennis Rodriguez broke out over a hearing for bill 184--a hearing Manuel says was illegal. According to the current standing rules, Senator Mike San Nicolas is the only Senator with the authority to hold a public hearing for bill 184, since it falls under his committee.
| 35|| Rodriguez supports three nominees for GMH board |
Rodriguez, D-Dededo, said he previously held off on the nominations to give the governor some time to stabilize the hospital after it lost three board members in December.
| 36|| Guam mentions recognized by officials |
Dennis Rodriguez Jr. thanked Warren for her comments during a committee hearing by the ... And for that, we sincerely thank you," Rodriguez wrote.
| 37|| Calvo signs public-private information bill |
Praising Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., D-Dededo, for authoring the measure, Calvo said the senator, who chairs the Legislature’s Committee on Health, shares the administration’s obligation to resolve the hospital’s short-term and long-term issues.
| 38|| Calvo plans to borrow $120M for GMH improvements |
During his State of the Island Address, Gov. Eddie Calvo announced plans to partner with Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., in an effort to borrow $120 million for capital improvements at the island’s public hospital.
| 39|| Filipino-American Presidents Club celebrates 33 years |
One of the oldest Filipino organizations on island recently celebrated a major milestone. The Filipino-American Presidents Club of Guam celebrated its 33rd anniversary and induction of officers and board of governors on Feb. 27 at the La Cascata function room in the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.
| 40|| GMH Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes |
Senators went into session on Saturday to vote on a number of confirmations and bills including Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr.'s bill which tasks GEDA with putting out an RFI to look at the potential for creating some form of privatization of the island's only public hospital.