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Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lawmakers convened Monday this week for the 4th Regular Session of the 35th Legislature. The Senate and House convened in their respective chambers and the priority issue on the Fono’s agenda for this session is the final budget for fiscal year 2019, which commences on...
Mitizie Jessop-Taase, Legal Counsel to the President of the Fono, spoke to the ASCC Political Science Club in late April. She is pictured with faculty and students from the Political Science Department following her talk.   [courtesy photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In late April, the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Political Science Club welcomed Mitzie Jessop-Taase, the Legal Counsel to the President of the Senate as their guest speaker. PoliSci Club President Faafetai Luamanu conducted the meeting, which started with an...
Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Mauga Tasi Asuega. [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Office of Samoan Affairs will be spearheading a public awareness campaign to education the community on the veto override amendment to the local Constitution before the November general election. The amendment was approved before the close of the 3rd Regulation session...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A hearing was called by the House Port Administration committee this week to find out why the runway lights at the Pago Pago International Airport were not on when the Hawaiian Airlines flight arrived last Thursday. Several passengers who were on the HAL flight that...
[l-r] ASG Office of Political Status, Constitutional Review and Federal Relations executive director, Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga; Manu’a District Governor Laolagi F.S. Vaeao; and Western District Governor Fuamatu J.V. Fuamatu appeared recently during a Senate Rules Committee hearing on a House Joint Resolution seeking to increase from two to three, the number of Tualauta faipule in the House. [photo: FS]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga; shared with the Senate Rules Committee a “paper” on three options dealing with reapportionment of the local House of Representatives based on the “One Man One Vote” principle.  (See Samoa News Apr. 4 edition for details.) The committee was holding...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vehicle licenses and registration fees would go up under a bill introduced in the House last week. The main sponsor of the bill was Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui Jr. and the co sponsors are Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr, Gafatasi Afalava, Lavea Fatulegae’e Mauga, Fagaoatua Dorian...
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...

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