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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Bordallo Introduces Organic Act Limitation on Elected Official Pay Changes

March 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement after introducing legislation to amend the Organic Act of Guam to prevent changes in salary for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Senators of the Guam Legislature until a general election of the Guam Legislature shall have intervened.

“The debate on salary changes for local elected officials continues to be a divisive issue for our community, and during last year’s election, our community made clear that it disapproved of salary changes made in previous years for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Senators. This bill will provide appropriate safeguards to prevent any changes to the salaries of our local elected officials until they are appropriately deliberated and considered consistent with how Congress handles these matters. Specifically the bill provides that any changes to the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Senators will not take effect until after an intervening general election of the Legislature has occurred. This is similar to the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, and it is consistent with a request made by the previous Guam Legislature for me to introduce an amendment to the Organic Act for this purpose. I believe that this bill is a step towards improving accountability for elected officials on Guam and is consistent with public opinion in Guam and the views expressed by the Guam Legislature.”

Text of the bill can be found here.