LOTS OF BILLS AWAIT FINAL REVIEW WHEN AMERICAN SAMOA FONO RECONVENES MARCH 13

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By Vaaimamao Poufa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 23, 2000 – Samoa News)---When the House reconvenes March 13, it will have a large number of important pieces of legislation to deal with in the remaining 15 days of this legislative session.

The Governor, Tauese Sunia, is waiting to hear from the Fono on several financial bills, including legislation to authorize refinancing of $18.2 million in government debt and legislation to authorize borrowing $18.6 million from the tobacco settlement money.

The Governor will also want to hear from the Fono about his latest proposal, to tax gasoline an extra 10¢ a gallon in order to raise half-a-million dollars for the Centennial celebration.

The House will have at least three gambling bills to review: two that outlaw poker machines and one that would legalize casino gambling. Nothing has been heard from the Faaola Group since they postponed their most recent announced visit to American Samoa (to present their casino plans).

Many other bills are also waiting final review, including proposals dealing with setting pay for elected officials, pay raises for the Governor and Lt. Governor, office expense allowance raises for Fono members, and a bill that would require ASG to purchase liability insurance for government cars.

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