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[l-r] Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, and Chief Justice Michael Kruse,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The four faipule assumed to have not fully supported the re-election of Savali Talavou Ale as House Speaker for the next two years, were not given chairmanship or membership roles in any of the 16 standing House committees for the 36th Legislature, which officially...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale with his wife, Beauty
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With no challenger, the local House of Representatives Thursday re-elected Rep. Savali Talavou Ale as Speaker of the House for the next two years. The election was part of the swearing-in ceremony for all faipule, presided over by Chief Justice Michael Kruse. Also...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale appears to have the majority on his side, meaning he'll most likely be re-elected to the House leadership post when faipule for the 36th Legislature are sworn in Jan. 3rd. The swearing-in ceremony usually commences around noon for the 21-...
In  this photo taken on the east side and sent in by a member of the public, voters are encouraged to vote for faipule who will encourage having Fono hearings televised. Fono hearings being aired as they were in the past has been a hotly debated topic by the public every time the Fono is in session...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35th Legislature officially ended yesterday with the 4th Regular Session, and House members seeking re-election will now focus their efforts on their campaign — while two faipule who are running unopposed have no worries about returning to the Fono next year. The...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate last Friday approved in final reading, the House version of the Administration’s bill, which increases by three cents the excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Prior to its final vote, the Senate amended the measure, giving additional funding to...
[l-r] Territorial Registrar, Taito S. White (who heads the Office of the Territorial Registrar); Assistant Attorney General, Andrew Sunia, who is the legal counsel for the TerritorialRegistrar’s Office, and Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — E ui e le i aloaia fa’aletulafono fuafuaga a le Ofisa o le Lesitala mo le siitia lea o totogi o a latou tautua, aemaise lava i le lesitalaina o suafa matai, peita’i ua mae’a ona taoto atu i ai se fautuaga mai afioga i Senatoa i se iloiloga sa fa’ataunu’uina i le vaiaso...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate yesterday postponed the final vote on the House version of the “American Samoa REAL ID Act”, after it was discovered that the Samoan version of the bill is different from the English version dealing with the proposed new fee for a driver’s license. The bill,...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
FY 2019 BUDGET PROPOSAL APPROVED BY SENATE AND HOUSE During their sessions yesterday, the Senate and House approved in final reading their respective versions of the American Samoa Government’s fiscal year 2019 budget totaling $439.58 million. Both chambers will now go through the process of...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Magalei Logovi’i is the sponsor of a proposed law which regulates public and private nuisance, and if enacted, provides a new section to the local statute, which currently covers only public and private peace disturbance — a misdemeanor crime that has been on the...

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