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Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the Lemanu-Talauega Administration has publicly stated that revenue collections for the current fiscal year — 2022 — are going well, some lawmakers remain concerned with a possible “drastic decrease” in the government’s coffers since January this year, especially...
Members of the 2022 House of Representatives
The House of Representatives on their last Session day this past Friday. At present the Fono has two 45-day sessions per year. A Senate joint resolution proposed that the Fono meet year around instead of 90 days per year had unresolved differences with amendments made by the House at the close of...
Aunu'u Island sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives approved a resolution requesting a study for the construction of a bridge between Tutuila and Aunu’u. According of the resolution, traveling by boat between Aunuu and Tutuila is one of the most dangerous forms of transportation in the...
Roy J.D. Hall Jr
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week on the Guest Worker Permit law, senators raised concerns over the statute enacted 15-years ago and suggested that the Administration carry out a review and propose amendments to address current conditions faced by...
Dave Buehler
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There is no guarantee that the people’s money deposited at the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) is protected due to the fact that the bank is not FDIC insured. This was the statement from the TBAS CEO and president, Dave Buehler when he appeared before the House...
Model of the Fono building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, the Senate rejected the House amendments and as of yesterday, no word on whether there will be a conference committee on the proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the Fono session. Senate President Tuaolo Manaia Fruean had asked that the House to...
House of Representativs with only 10 faipule in session
Without a quorum this past Friday, the House of Representatives was unable to transact business. Only ten faipule turned up for the House session, led by Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui Jr. After the song and benediction led by Rep. Lavea Fatulegaee Palepoi Mauga, faipule were dismissed. They will convene...
Original rendering of Fono building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives this past week unanimously approved the Senate Joint Resolution proposing to remove the veto override power currently held by the Secretary of the Interior. The vote was 13-0. This would change the constitutional provision, which requires any...
Rep. Andra Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As of yesterday, about 50 young children have been affected by the RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). This was the report to the House by Rep. Andra Theresa Samoa, chair of the House Health Committee. Samoa told faipule that the situation is getting serious and members...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vice Speaker of the House, Fetui Fetu Jr did not mince words during a House Session this week when he informed faipule about the decision by the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) to terminate three employees. One of the three employees, according to Fetui is his...

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