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House bill revises requirements for members of ASPA board

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bill revising the requirements for members of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Board of Directors was introduced in the House of Representatives this week for its first reading and was transferred to the House ASPA committee for review.

The summary of the bill states that American Samoa now has a sufficient number of people with the experience and talent needed to oversee ASPA, however, the Governor retains the ability to appoint board members from outside of AS if that becomes necessary.

AS is in an ongoing state of emergency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and travel to and from AS is restricted. This bill will assist the American Samoa Government (ASG) response to the emergency by allowing the appointment of board members from AS.

According to the amendments, “Directors shall be appointed to staggered terms, not to exceed four years that expire on the 30th day of June of the year in which their appointments expire.”