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Rendering of proposed new Fono Building [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives has approved a bill increasing members’ contributions to the American Samoa Employees Retirement Fund from 3% to 5%. The bill, which was only introduced on Tuesday was approved in second reading on Thursday and cleared final reading in the...
DPS officials after the House Public Safety hearing last week, where issues at TCF and the Fire Division were discussed.  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Firemen who were assigned to guard inmates at the Territorial Correction Facility (TCF) have been returned to their regular jobs, according to Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson during a hearing with the House Public Safety committee last week. Rep. Manumaua W....
In this 2017 file photo, Senate legal counsel, Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase (left) is pictured in the Senate chamber with Senator Magalei Logovi’i  [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Current law setting the marriage age for females at 14-years old, with the consent of a parent or guardian, was passed by the Fono many years ago during the Seventh Legislature, says Senate legal counsel, Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase in testimony before a Senate committee...
Rep. Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rep. Vailuama Steve Leasiolagi told KVZK-TV deputy director, Tautinei Misioka Olo during a hearing before the House Government Operations committee last Friday, that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga should not be involved in making decisions about how the government’s...
Vaifanua faipule, Rep. Lavea Fatulegae’e Palepoi Mauga was told by the House Speaker to remember that he's a faipule and he needs to act like one, especially when he's in the House chamber. See story for more details.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale has reprimanded Vaifanua faipule, Rep. Lavea Fatulegaee Palepoi Mauga to remember he is a faipule and he has to behave himself when he's in the House chamber. “You've been given warnings so many times, to comply with all House Rules and...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House Budget and Appropriations Committee met to discuss two House bills yesterday morning. One bill appropriates $198,621 to fund the local share of the cost of purchasing eleven 2018 Harley-Davidson police motorcycles (see separate story for details), and the other...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building [SN file photo]
  by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senate legal counsel Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase says a proposed law to raise the marriage age of females from 14 to 18, “aligns” with other current laws, such as the criminal code and the age of a person who can vote in American...
House Speaker, Savali Talavou Ale says teachers shouldn't complain about not having a spring break, because they work 9 months and get paid for the whole year. See story for details.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In response to a request from Manu'a Rep. Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr., that the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) should have a spring break so teachers can get time off from work, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale told lawmakers during yesterday's session...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Some lawmakers don't support the decision by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to allow deputy directors to appear during House hearings to answer questions from faipule, as directors who are being requested to appear are the ones with key roles in the government’s partnership...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Manu’a #2 Faipule, Rep. Toeaina Faufano Autele told the House of Representatives last week that there are many essential issues lawmakers should bring to the Fono’s attention for discussion, instead of wasting their time talking about nonsense issues, over which they...

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