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Senators in chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Prior to the official closing of the 3rd Regulation Session last Friday, the Senate confirmed the governor’s nomination of Vaiausia E. Yandall to the Development Bank of American Samoa board of directors, while a Senate bill calling a special election for a “legislative...
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...
Temperature taking at Senate chamber
Everyone who enters the Senate chamber is scanned to check their temperature, as seen in this photo Thursday outside the door into the Upper Chamber. The new policy went into effect this past Monday when the Fono reconvened for the 3rd regular session. Senators once inside are also protected by...
Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate on Monday this week gave final approval to its version of an Administration bill, which seeks to establish a Samoan Language Commission of American Samoa to provide authoritative guidelines on Samoan language in education, government, and in economic and...
Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lemanu administration is seeking to amend current locals laws for implied consent testing of breath for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases, by including implied consent testing of blood to confirm drivers suspected of drug-impaired driving and drivers involved...
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Federal law mandates that amendments to the American Samoa Constitution are subject to approval of the U.S. Congress. But senators want that changed, with the Senate Rules Committee endorsing a verbal motion to send a resolution to Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoa News’ reader made the following query: As reported in the Samoa News issue, Aug. 30, 2021 — ‘Senate continues push to raise leaders salaries and allowances’ — “Tuaolo said the $1 million allocation is now in the hands of the Fono, which can do with it what it...
Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a unanimous 15-0 vote yesterday, senators approved in third and final reading during the Senate session a Senate bill, which would increase the salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor, despite a naysay from the acting governor,  as well as raise the office...
Temporary Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a unanimous 13-0 vote, the Senate yesterday rejected in third and final reading an Administration bill that restricts the use of wireless electronic devices including cell phones while operating a motor vehicle except for — among other things — emergency calls and if...
Senate President Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While an Administration bill seeks to prohibit Immigration Board members from sponsoring foreigners to avoid conflict of interest, some senators argued that it still does not address another conflict, if the board member transfers the sponsorship to a spouse or adult...

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