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SENATE BILL

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...