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Vice Speaker of the House Fetu Fetui Jr leading the House Session this past week  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A House hearing with members of the new COVID-19 Task Force is now scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30a.m. This was confirmed by the Chair of the House Health Committee Rep. Andra Tereise Samoa. The hearing has been called after many issues were raised regarding how the Task...
Rep. Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rep. Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi is requesting a report from the new administration regarding the use of the $2.6 million from StarKist Samoa violations of the American Samoa Environment Quality Act and its implementing regulations. Vailiuama said that based on the...
Senators seated at Joint Fono Session
Senators as they were seated awaiting the start yesterday of the Joint Fono Session at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium, where Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga delivered his first State of the Territory Address. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five incumbent lawmakers for the local House of Representatives were unseated following yesterday’s general election, according to unofficial results released around 1:30am. today by the Election Office. The candidates who won yesterday, according to the unofficial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — When the Fono convened Monday this week, for an additional 15-days special session called by the governor, a new administration appropriations bill was introduced in both chambers. The bill provides consolidated appropriations and temporary funding to continue government...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale (left) and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fono leaders have informed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga that the Legislature is “not confident with your [revenue] projections” and have urged the governor to act on the final fiscal year 2021 budget bill now in his control. This message was outlined in a two-page Oct. 13th...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives last week has approved in final reading a bill that allows the prosecution and defense to agree to, and the court to approve a ‘plea in abeyance’. This would suspend the entering of a defendant’s plea and place him or her on probation at the...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Several faipule asked representatives from the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) during a hearing this week to hurry up with the installation of street lights around the island — before the Nov. 3 elections. Two ASPA representatives appeared before the House...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale explained to representatives during Tuesday’s session this week that there is absolutely “no provision” under the election law that allows local voters and candidates intending to run for public office who are stranded off island due to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The decision by Samoa Airways to increase its fares for Manu’a without any prior announcement disappointed representatives from Manu’a. All three Manu’a faipule spoke about the issue during a House Session this week and demanded a hearing with Port Administration...

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