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(l-r) Deputy Police Commissioner, Vaimaga Maiava; local Homeland Security director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a; Human Resources director Eseneiaso Liu; Human and Social Services deputy director Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala, and Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, testifying Wednesday before a Senate committee on a bill requiring drug testing for ASG employees, including elected officials.  [photo: FS]
A drug rehabilitation service and facility are included in the government’s plan, as ASG tackles the drug problem in American Samoa, which Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says is “poisoning our way of life and we must act now to root it out.” Provisions of a Senate bill that would require all ASG...
ASG Tax Manager, Tagoa’i Vaaimamao Poufa and ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a, testifying before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, on an Administration bill updating the local individual income tax table to mirror federal tax law. See story for details.  [photo: FS]
Updating the American Samoa individual income tax table to mirror the federal code would mean taxpayers would be giving less money to the government, according to testimony yesterday by ASG officials. Senators, who plan to share the information with their constituents, welcomed the good news....
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale addressing the Senate Public Safety/Homeland Security Committee yesterday morning on a Senate bill, seeking to mandate a minimum 5-year jail term for drug convictions.  [photo: FS]
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Deputy Police Commissioner, Vaimaga Maiava, have voiced their support of a Senate bill, which mandates a minimum five-year imprisonment for those convicted of delivering, dispensing, distributing, possession with intent to deliver, dispense or distribute,...
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 A fishing vessel company that operated in and around American Samoa was convicted and sentenced today for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil and garbage, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Environment and Natural Resources...
	Dr. Thomas Petznick collects a specimen sample from a sow at one of the local pig farms during the ASCC-ACNR Swine Disease Survey in early August. [photo: D. Helsham]
The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division (ACNR) of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) conducted a swine disease survey in the territory in early August. The project involved training ASCC agriculture students and local pig farmers in methods of conducting a swine health...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale [SN file photo]
The inclusion of lawmakers in a Senate bill requiring all ASG employees, including elected officials, to undergo drug testing prompted questions from Sen. Magalei Logovii who wanted a clear explanation on why senators and faipule are required to take such a test. “Senators were selected by...
Rep. Ve’evalu Meauta Mageo appears to take issue with the ASG Revenue Task Force's continued claims that proposed changes to current tax laws, as well as the repeal of some current tax laws, will give something back to the people. During the task force presentation to Fono leaders and some...
The Lolo Administration’s proposed hike in port fees and other charges will be passed on to the consumer, and such increases will further discourage outside investment, according to GHC Reid & Company’s Aug. 18th letter to several lawmakers, which outlines the positive and negative impacts of...
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Beaver T. Ho Ching, the private sector member of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Board of Trustees has tendered his letter of resignation and his replacement has been submitted to the Fono. In an Aug. 24th letter, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga informed Fono leaders that Ho Ching...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s proposed fiscal year 2018 Supplemental Budget totals more than $11 million and includes some $6 million in personnel cost. According to the governor, disapproval of the supplemental means affected agencies will be required to implement “reduction” in workforce. Summary...

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