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Governor signs 10 bills into law

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GOV. Eddie Calvo signed 10 bills into law last Friday, according to a release from the Governor’s Office. All of the bills had been passed by the 32nd Guam Legislature on April 30.

Bill 16-32, now Public Law 32-025, rezones land in Tiyan, Barrigada from Agricultural to Light Industrial.

Bill 53-32, now P.L. 32-026, changes Guam Community College’s current autonomous procurement process and brings them back under government of Guam procurement statutes, rules and regulations. This legislation came at the request of GCC, which wants to be held to the same procurement laws it teaches its students.

Bill 56-32, now P.L. 32-027, changes the category of traffic misdemeanors to violations, no longer requiring representation from the Attorney General’s Office in traffic court.

Bill 57-32, now P.L. 32-028, updates current fines on encroachment violations that obstruct roadways from $10 to $50. It holds individuals who violate the law responsible for costs incurred by DPW during the process of removing obstructions.

Bill 58-32, now P.L. 32-029, prohibits government agencies from publishing information about students under the age of 18 without prior consent from their parents or legal guardians. It also restricts student participation in certain surveys, analyses, assessments or evaluations administered by government agencies or schools without the authorization of their parents.

Bill 62-32, now P.L. 32-030, creates the Guam Council on Child Death Review and Prevention. The council will review suspicious deaths of children looking for common denominators, such as health hazards or physical abuse. Through its records and investigation, the council can be proactive in addressing potentially hazardous situations.

Bill 65-32, now P.L. 32-031, requires agencies to create educational programs for their oversight board members. Programs will educate board members about their agency’s operations and procedures. Failure to complete these programs will result in removal from the board.

Bill 67-32, now P.L. 32-032, identifies the new boundaries of the Guam Football Association soccer field in Dededo.

Bill 72-32, now P.L. 32-033, grants the administrators of estates of the deceased control of email, social networks and digital media accounts that belong to the deceased.

Bill 76-32, now P.L. 32-034, authorizes the Attorney General's Office to disperse the funds of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund pending the filling of vacancies on the commission to establish a quorum.

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