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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...
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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...
Temporary Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three Administration bills were introduced last week in the Senate along with the governor’s nomination of three new members to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) board of directors. The measures have been assigned to the appropriate committees for...
ASPA operations building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A new admin bill eliminates the requirement that two members of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) board of directors must be from outside of American Samoa. According to the bill’s preamble, “we have sufficient number of people from American Samoa with the...
Sen. Togiola T.A. Tulafono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center will no longer receive any specific “earmarked” funding under with the elimination of the 2% wage tax, while the tobacco excise tax will hike by 3 cents under the final language of a Senate bill approved by the majority of the Fono Conference Committee...
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....

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