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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...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono reconvened yesterday morning, following a three-week mid session recess, and priority on the agenda is the fiscal year 2019 budget, which begins Oct. 1, 2018. The Lolo Administration is planning to submit the FY 2019 budget to the Fono sometime later this week,...
Site preparation for the new Fono building
A look at the site yesterday for the proposed two story Fono building, for which an official ground breaking ceremony has been set for Aug. 15.  In the background is the newly renovated/reconstructed Department of Public Safety building (second building from the right). Read story in today's issue...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five days after the Fono convened for the 4th Regular Session of the 35th Legislature, lawmakers will take a three-week mid-session recess starting at the close of business today, Friday, and reconvene on Aug. 6. The mid session recess was first announced in the Senate...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoan Representative, Fialupe Fiaui Lutu, has re-introduced her bill aiming to increase the minimum marriage age for girls from 14 to 18. The reintroduction of the bill has been welcomed by woman's advocacy group, Pae ma Auli, which conducted a survey to gauge...

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