Supreme Court leaves Legislature alone

Ruling says neither the governor nor the court can order the legislature to sign a bill

Upholding the doctrine of separation of powers among the three branches of government, the Supreme Court of Guam on Wednesday dismissed Gov. Eddie B. Calvo’s petition seeking to compel the legislature into transmitting a contentious borrowing bill to his office.

“The Organic Act vests the legislative powers of the government of Guam solely in the legislative branch,” the court’s decision states.

“Where the judicial branch is involved, our primary concerns are that the judiciary not be drawn into tasks more appropriate to another branch and that its institutional integrity be protected,” it added.

The lawsuit involved the administration-proposed Bill 1 (1-S), which would authorize the governor to borrow $75 million a year for three years, to be paid with the funds initially set aside for tax-refund payments.