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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lawmakers in American Samoa have confirmed they are receiving Covid-19 funding but that it will go towards finding suitable premises to work. The Senate President and Speaker of the House are getting cheques of $US20,000 and senators and representatives are receiving...
Proposed design for Fono building under construction
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an effort to further protect American Samoa from the spread of communicable diseases, Rep. Vailoata Eteuati Amituana’i has sponsored legislation authorizing the Heath Department to test minors and also to create rules requiring non-residents entering American Samoa to...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale (left) and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau (rught)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With more than $80 million in COVID-19 funding allocated to American Samoa, the Fono leaders have informed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga that lawmakers are prepared to start a review and approval for the appropriation of these funds. The notification was made in a May 11th...
Sen. Logoai Siaki Logoai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To prevent the possibility of repeat offenders remaining in the territory and to further protect American Samoa, Sen. Logo’ai Siaki Logo’ai introduced legislation, which would require “any foreign nationals convicted of a felony be immediately deported from the Territory...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of just shelving or rejecting administration bills, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga suggested that lawmakers come up with a better solution than what the executive branch has proposed in order to address pressing matters for the territory. The bills cited by the...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono will convene next Monday for the third regular session of the 36th Legislature, and Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga will deliver his annual State of the Territory Address during a joint session at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium. The Fale Laumei had been closed for...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate has called for a Conference Committee of the Fono to convene Fridy morning to iron out differences and reach a resolution on the final language of an Administration bill appropriating funds for the construction of a “new cement perimeter wall” around the...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After making major amendments, the House last Thursday approved — through a majority vote — an Administration bill which increases the salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor with an early effective date — instead of January 2021. The House version of the bill...
ASTCA building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three senators have sponsored legislation, which creates by law, the “American Samoa Telecommunications Corporation Authority” — still referred to with the acronym “ASTCA” — and “shall in no way [be] considered an agency or semi-autonomous agency” of ASG. The bill is...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Sept. 19th letter, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga raised concerns with Fono leaders over the alleged verbal abuse of his cabinet members who appeared for hearings, especially the recently completed Fono Joint Budget Committee hearings for fiscal year 2020. And the...

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