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Sen. Togiola T.A. Tulafono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senators agreed with testimony by Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Alailima-Utu that current laws pertaining to ASG land leases are good ‘as is’ and the Senate therefore rejected yesterday, in second reading, a Senate bill, seeking to overhaul local statutes on...
Temporary Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A new Senate bill, sponsored by Sens. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono and Togiola T.A. Tulafono, was introduced on Tuesday seeking to increase the annual salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor, and the effective date of the proposed hike in salaries for the two leaders...
Sen. Utu Sila Poasa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Another move is underway through the Legislative process to lift the current freeze on the 2000 income tax table, an action that many taxpayers over the years, including previous Chamber of Commerce reports, have sought but without much success. The latest action is...
Sen. Utu Sila Poasa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Another bill is before the Senate seeking to increase the contribution rate for both government and employees to the ASG Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) after a similar measure — approved by the Fono in the first regular session — was vetoed by the governor. The new...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Senate bill seeking to increase the annual salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor was introduced during Saturday’s session, and the effective date of the proposed hike in salaries of the two leaders is in 2026. Sponsored by Sens. Tuipine Fuimaono, Alo Paul...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Senate bill seeking to amend local law to allow for a special election — during a non-election year — for a legislative referendum concerning proposed amendments to the American Samoa Constitution was introduced last Saturday in the Senate. Sponsored by Sens. Soliai...
Senators are shown here during the swearing-in ceremony in Jan.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The tobacco excise tax will increase by 3 cents — which will help fund LBJ Medical Center operations — if a Senate bill introduced yesterday is enacted into law. The bill also includes a separate provision, which seeks to reduce to 1% the current 2% wage tax, that is...
Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Senate is preparing legislation to allow people stranded overseas by Covid-19 to vote in the November 3rd poll. The bill states that with less then 3 months until the general election for governor and lieutenant governor, the House of Representatives...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A survey in American Samoa has shown strong support for raising the legal marriage age for girls. The woman's advocacy group, "Pae ma le Auli," sent out 1,000 survey questionnaires regarding the marriage age issue. The group's president, Leuga Turner, said about 90...