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San Nicolas Amendment Includes 2015 Overtime, Night Differential, Hazard Pay

If Bill 415-32 (LS) is enacted into law, the Guam Police Department (GPD) employees should receive their full overtime, night differential and hazard pay this year. Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas provided language for the bill to fully fund 2015 overtime, night differential, and hazard pay that is anticipated for GPD. This language was included […]

Senator San Nicolas Property Tax Bill Vetoed; Similar Legislation Introduced By Republicans Which Includes Authorization to Seize Residential Property

Senator Michael San Nicolas’s Bill 362-32, which sought to: 1) extend the deadline for homeowner, farmer, senior and persons with disabilities tax exemption application 2) tie taxpayer identification number (TIN) to property tax rolls, and 3) lower the statute of limitation for property taxes from 30 years to 10 years, was vetoed by Gov. Eddie […]

Statement from Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas Regarding Bill 362-32

The following is statement from Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas on Bill 362-32 recently commented on by the Republican Party of Guam: ‘The sitting Republicans issued a statement alluding to $17 million in back property taxes that they claim was taken from education, knowing that these monies are unlikely to ever be collected. These taxes […]

Senator San Nicolas Bill to Extend Property Tax Exemption Deadline Passed by Legislature

If you missed your deadline to apply for the home tax exemption, farmer exemption or the senior citizen and persons with disabilities property tax exemptions, a bill to extend the deadline was passed today in the Guam Legislature.  Senator San Nicolas’s Bill 362-32, the “Responsible Real Property Tax Payer Relief Act”, would extend deadlines for […]

Senator San Nicolas votes No on Budget Bill

Senator San Nicolas voted “No” on Bill 269-32, the FY2015 budget bill which sought to spend $827 million of people’s money, the highest level of yearly spending in the history of the Government of Guam. “I do not believe we should be lowering the amount of money set aside for tax refunds by millions of […]

Senator San Nicolas Introduces Uniform Electronic Transactions Act to Create a Legal Framework for the Legality of Electronic Signatures

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced Bill 383-32, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) to create a legal framework for the legality of electronic signatures.   The UETA was drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) to bring in line differing state laws over such areas as retention of paper records […]

Senator San Nicolas Introduces Bill for Emergency Public Transportation Protocol

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced Bill 382-32, also known as the “Responsible Emergency Public Transportation Protocol Act,” which requires the Guam Regional Transit Authority, in consultation with the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense, to create an emergency public transportation protocol that will include procedures to provide transportation services to families in need […]

Senator San Nicolas Tries to save GMH Trust Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2014 Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas proffered an amendment to Bill 1(7-S) which would take money away from the Guam Memorial Hospital Trust account to ensure that money would go back to GMH. “This money was set aside for the Guam Memorial Hospital and we should ensure that it is used […]

Senator San Nicolas Introduces the Real Property Tax Payer Relief Act

If you missed your deadline to apply for the home tax emption or the senior citizen and persons with disabilities property tax exemptions, help is on the way. Senator San Nicolas introduced Bill 362-32 today, the “Responsible Real Property Tax Payer Relief Act” which would extend deadlines for home owners, seniors, and persons with disabilities […]

Senator San Nicolas Introduces Bill To Fund Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced Bill 358-32 to fund the Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority with the proceeds from the property taxes on improvements in Hagåtña.    Public Law 24-110, sponsored by then Speaker Tony Unpingco and co-sponsored by Senators Lou Leon Guerrero and Tony Blaz, created the Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority with the […]

Senator San Nicolas Introduces Bill For Tourist Emergency Assistance

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced Bill 357-32 to insulate our visitor industry from the reputational damage caused by crimes against tourists.  Funds would be set aside from the Tourist Attraction Fund (TAF) for the Tourist Emergency Expense Account (TEEA) which would be used to help tourist victims of crime recover necessary travel documents or […]

Social Security Resolution Passes Unanimously

Resolution 379, sponsored by Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, was passed unanimously by all members present in the Guam Legislature, paving the way for Congresswoman Bordallo to seek a change in federal law to allow GovGuam employees under the defined contribution plan to be covered under Social Security. “This resolution aims at making sure all […]

San Nicolas/Won Pat seek Social Security for GovGuam Employees

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced a resolution today asking Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to introduce federal legislation to include GovGuam employees under the defined contribution plan to also be included under Social Security.  The resolution is co-sponsored by Speaker Judith T. Won Pat. Passage of the legislation the resolution calls for will enable the Government […]

Senator San Nicolas Bill Keeps Youth Shelter and Treatment Programs Open at Sanctuary

The Guam Legislature unanimously passed Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas’s Bill 315-32 today to grant Sanctuary, Inc. $292,800 in order sustain its Emergency Youth Shelter as well as youth Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation program.   Two programs were under threat of closure because of the $292,800 shortfall in Sanctuary’s budget, even after austerity measures that […]

Department of Revenue and Taxation reports improvement in collections, customer service and regulatory compliance after oversight hearings with Senator San Nicolas

Senator San Nicolas held an oversight hearing of the Department of Revenue and Taxation.   Department of Revenue and Taxation Director John Camacho provided information during the hearing that showed that the department has lowered the total amount due in collections to the Government of Guam by $10 million in the last 5 months. “This is […]

Senator San Nicolas Introduces Responsible Tax Credit Suspension Act

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced Bill 288-32, co-sponsored by Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, to suspend existing tax credit statutes and require new public law for the further issuance of tax credits.  Recently tax credits have been issued based on old laws with no consideration of their impact on current and future budgets.  With this […]

San Nicolas Bill Would Strengthen Enforcement Regulations for Unsafe Structures

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas introduced Bill 267-32, the Responsible Urban Renewal Act, to strengthen enforcement regulations for unsafe structures.  The bill had a public hearing today administered by Public Safety, Infrastructure & Maritime Transportation Committee chairman Tom Ada, who also co-sponsored the bill. Current law requires owners of unsafe property to vacate or demolish […]