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By Gene Park

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 8) - Sexual offenders can now forget about seeking employment with the government of Guam.

Yesterday, Governor Felix Camacho signed Bill 233 into law - prohibiting sexual offenders from being hired into GovGuam. It also prohibits offenders from starting contract work with the government.

Sexual offenders already employed by the government in jobs that have contact with the public will be transferred to jobs that have no public contact.

The Pacific Daily News last year reported on several sexual offenders who work for the government, including one listed as a bus driver and another who was an armed security guard at the corrections department - who carried a gun despite Guam law prohibiting felons from possessing firearms.

The law, Camacho said, sends a strong message that this community will not tolerate sex offenders and that we will not allow them to work near our children.

Federal crime statistics show that sexual offenders are more likely than any other type of criminal to repeat their offenses, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Yesterday, Camacho also vetoed legislation that would have directed the attorney general to condemn the US$20 million Dandan, Inarajan, property selected for the future landfill as required by the federal consent decree.

[PIR editor’s note: Inarajan is located on the southern tip of Guam.]

The bill was introduced by Democratic senators and aimed to use the land for water resources development.

The bill didn't provide an appropriation or exchange lots to compensate the private owners of the property, according to the governor.

Camacho said the bill violates the federal consent decree, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already approved the site for the landfill.

February 9, 2006

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