Cabinet officials nix proposal to clip Guam governor’s emergency power

Updated: Feb 17

Guam’s Cabinet officials warned the legislature that a proposal to hold the governor’s emergency authority in check will impede the government’s Covid-19 response strategies.

“Without question, the Covid-19 public health emergency continues to pose a grave threat to the health and safety of our community,” the officials stated in a written testimony opposing Bill 11-36.

The bill, introduced last month by Republican Sens. Chris Duenas, James Moylan, and Tony Ada, seeks to prevent Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero from further extending a public health emergency without legislative consent.

The public health emergency has been extended 10 times since the first two Covid-19 cases on Guam were