The 36th Guam Legislature on Monday failed to override the governor's veto of Bill 11-36, which sought to require legislative approval for an extension of public health emergency.
"We are disappointed that five of our colleagues failed to hear the cries of our people," said Sen. Chris Duenas, author of the bill. "I believe that my colleagues who voted alongside with me for the override will continue to do everything within our power to represent the people of Guam and to ensure their God-given rights are protected."
Those who voted for the veto's override besides Duenas were Sens. James C. Moylan, Anthony “Tony” Ada, Frank Blas Jr., Joanne Brown, Telo T. Taitague, Therese Terlaje and Telena Nelson.
The five senators who voted against the overide were: Mary Camacho Torres, Clynton Ridgell, Amanda Shelton, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje and Sabina Perez.
"Bill 11-36 did not in any way intend to eliminate the governor’s ability to manage public health emergencies; rather, it was meant to serve as a foundation of transparency and accountability," Duenas said.
He said Bill 11-36 would have allowed the community to be heard at the Guam Legislature before any public health emergency is extended.