OPENING OF FSM CONGRESSIONAL SESSION POSTPONED

News Release

FSM Information Services Palikir, Pohnpei Jan. 11, 2010

[Yap] Speaker Isaac V. Figir has postponed the convening date for the third regular session of the 16th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from Jan. 10 to convene instead on Jan. 25.

The postponement is to allow time for the congressional committees to complete their public hearings currently ongoing in the states.

In addition, the FSM Congress hopes the postponement gives the Department of Finance adequate time to close out its books for and provide an accurate revenue projection for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The third regular session is anticipated to run the full 20-days, unless extended or shortened by vote.

P.L. 13-59, enacted in 2005, revised the schedule for regular session to three times a year: Jan. 10, May 11 and Sept. 12, unless the presiding officers set a different date or dates.

Length of sessions were also amended by P.L. 13-59 to last up to 20 days, "unless shortened or extended by a resolution adopted by a majority vote of all members of Congress."

As it currently stands, the third regular session of the 16th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has been scheduled to meet from Jan. 25 to Feb. 13, 2010.

Figir has informed FSM President Emanuel "Manny" Mori of this decision with a request for his assistance and cooperation, especially with travel scheduling of cabinet members during session.

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