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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...
Samoa Airways logo
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...
LBJ hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vice President of the Senate and Senator from Tau, Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua in a letter has recommended to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to use part of the funds from the CARES Act to help improve the conditions at the LBJ Hospital, including hiring professional...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bill allowing the prosecution and defense to agree to, and the court to approve, a plea in abeyance — to suspend the entering of a defendant’s plea and place the defendant on probation whereby at the end of which, the court may reduce the charge the defendant plead...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bill to establish the Territorial Fire Department (TFD) under the Governor’s Office was introduced in the Senate this week. The bill, amending Section 4.0301 of the American Samoa Code Annotated (A.S.C.A) and creating Chapter 15 under the Title 4 of the A.S.C.A was...
President Pro Tem Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The increasing numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the United States is causing concern to some Senators. President Pro Tem Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua asked about government’s preparation to protect the territory from the coronavirus pandemic and...
Rep. Gafatasi Afalava
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rep. Gafatasi Afalava this week called for a hearing with the Election Commissioner to discuss the possibility of amending the law to allow voters unable to travel home to cast absentee ballots. He said that the closing of the borders with Hawaii may disenfranchise many...
U.S. Treasury Inspector General Seal
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Since Fono members were already in telework capacity prior to COVID-19 due to the ongoing construction of the legislative building, we believe the stipend payments of $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, are unrelated to the COVID-19 health emergency,” declared the US...

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