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Rendering of proposed new Fono Building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate last Friday confirmed three of the four members of the Campaign Spending Commission and the confirmation comes just in time for the upcoming Nov. 6th mid term election. All three who are now confirmed each received unanimous votes of 14-0. Under local statute...
samoanews.com poll on the marriage age proposal that did not pass earlier this year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law, a Fono approved bill, which raises the marriage age for females from 14 to 18 years of age — which is the current marriage age of males, under the law. “This law will help protect our young women who are still growing and...
The late direcor of AS-EPA, Ameko Pato
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono approved on Wednesday a House Concurrent Resolution conveying the deepest condolences of the Legislature and the people of American Samoa to widow Dr. Rosevonne L. Makaiwi Pato and the entire Pato family on the passing of American Samoa Environmental Protection...
Public Defender, Michael White
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Public Defender, Michael White says the Office of the Public Defender needs an attorney dedicated to defending juvenile clients. He also made it known that his office has seen a rise in cases that involve drugs, sexual assault, and domestic violence. White’s statement...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate last Thursday unanimously approved in final reading a House bill, which raises the marriage age for females from 14-years old to 18 years of age — which is the current marriage age of males, under the law. Senators had rejected an identical House bill in March...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an Aug 7 letter to Fono leaders, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga asked that lawmakers show some sensitivity and recognition to the workload of directors and demands placed on their time when they are called to committee hearings. Lolo also pointed out the lack of...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman, Sen. Magalei Logovi’i has requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale regarding the government allocating money in its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for Hope House, which is affiliated...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono’s review of the government’s proposed budget of more than $439.58 million for FY 2019 begins next Monday, Aug. 20th, and it will be a joint hearing of both the Senate and House Budget and Appropriations Committees, held at the Senate’s current chambers — the...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa bill to raise the marriage age for women from 14 to 18 has passed its second reading in the House of Representatives. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said the bill had already been discussed in hearings in the last session. There was no...
Fetu Fetui Jr shaking hands with Rep. Sataua Dr. Mataese Samuelu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The FY 2019 budget is the top priority on the agenda as the Fono reconvened this week following a three-week mid session recess. Many issues were raised by faipule during the first week House members returned to work after a recess that was taken to preserve session days...

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