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Sen. Magalei Logovi’i
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — In a unanimous vote of 16-0, the Senate approved on Tuesday this week in third and final reading a Senate bill which seeks to increase the tobacco excise tax by 3 cents — to help fund LBJ Medical Center operations — and reduce to 1% the current 2% wage tax, that is paid...
Acting Public Defender Michael White
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Suicide among juveniles was one of the issues raised by Sen. Fonoti Ta’ifa Aufata during the Senate Judicial Committee confirmation hearing as Public Defender for Michael White — a father of four children. Young people committing suicide is the latest hot topic issue in...
Senators with their hands raised taking oath
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As American Samoa prepares for its first repatriation flight, Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono requested to make it mandatory for all senators, Senate employees and anyone else who enters the Senate chamber to wear a face mask — as a protective measure against COVID-19....
Senate President Tuaolo Manaia and legal counsel Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase with drawings of proposed fono offices
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Right now the timeline from the contractor is August 2022” to complete the construction of the new two-story Fono building, says Senate legal counsel, Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase during a meeting of senators on Tuesday with Senate President Tuaolo Manaia Fruean. Tuaolo, who...
Mauga Tasi Asuega
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga T. Asuega has called for unity from the community standing together with the Administration’s move to start repatriation flights bringing home local residents stranded across the US while LBJ Medical Center says it’s prepared for the...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate is seeking more information and better understanding of local preparations for the start of repatriation flights later this month bringing home American Samoa residents stranded off island and the new government COVID-19 Task Force was asked to appear tomorrow...
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 — The government’s plans to allow a company to use government land near the Veterans Memorial Stadium to build a solar farm faced a setback after the Senate turned down a 17-year extension to an existing lease with the company, Malosi LLC. Senators voted unanimously this...
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...
Sen. Logoai Siaki
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a Senate hearing with the Chairman of the Coronavirus Task Force Iulogologo Joseph Pereira last Friday, Senator Logooai Siaki was adamant that the repatriation flights from Samoa should only bring US citizens and US nationals and not anyone else, even permanent...

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