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HEARING ON H.R. 100, H.R. 2370, AND S. 210

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H.R. 100
GUAM COMMONWEALTH ACT, TO ESTABLISH THE
COMMONWEALTH OF GUAM, AND FOR OTHER PUR-
POSES

H.R. 2370
GUAM JUDICIAL EMPOWERMENT ACT OF 1997, TO
AMEND THE ORGANIC ACT OF GUAM FOR THE PUR-
POSES OF CLARIFYING THE LOCAL JUDICIAL
STRUCTURE AND THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GEN-
ERAL

S. 210
TO AMEND THE ORGANIC ACT OF GUAM, THE RE-
VISED ORGANIC ACT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, AND
THE COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION ACT, AND
FOR OTHER PURPOSES

OCTOBER 29, 1997, WASHINGTON, DC.

Serial No. 105-78

Printed for the use of the Committee on Resources

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United States
HEARING ON H.R. 100, H.R. 2370, AND S. 210

HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED FIFTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H.R. 100
GUAM COMMONWEALTH ACT, TO ESTABLISH THE

COMMONWEALTH OF GUAM, AND FOR OTHER PUR-
POSES

H.R. 2370
GUAM JUDICIAL EMPOWERMENT ACT OF 1997, TO
AMEND THE ORGANIC ACT OF GUAM FOR THE PUR-
POSES OF CLARIFYING THE LOCAL JUDICIAL
STRUCTURE AND THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GEN-
ERAL

S. 210
TO AMEND THE ORGANIC ACT OF GUAM, THE RE-
VISED ORGANIC ACT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, AND
THE COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION ACT, AND
FOR OTHER PURPOSES

OCTOBER 29, 1997, WASHINGTON, DC.

Serial No. 105–78

Printed for the use of the Committee on Resources

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1998

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For sale by the U.S. Government Printing Office
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ISBN 0-16-056515-4

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1997

COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES

DON YOUNG, Alaska, Chairman W.J. (BILLY) TAUZIN, Louisiana

GEORGE MILLER, California JAMES V. HANSEN, Utah

EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts JIM SAXTON, New Jersey

NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia ELTON GALLEGLY, California

BRUCE F. VENTO, Minnesota JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR., Tennessee

DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan JOEL HEFLEY, Colorado

PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon JOHN T. DOOLITTLE, California

ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA, American WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland

Samoa KEN CALVERT, California

NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Hawaii RICHARD W. POMBO, California

SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas BARBARA CUBIN, Wyoming

OWEN B. PICKETT, Virginia HELEN CHENOWETH, Idaho

FRANK PALLONE, JR., New Jersey LINDA SMITH, Washington

CALVIN M. DOOLEY, Californią GEORGE P. RADANOVICH, California CARLOS A. ROMERO-BARCELO, Puerto WALTER B. JONES, JR., North Carolina

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WILLIAM M. (MAC) THORNBERRY, Texas MAURICE D. HINCHEY, New York
JOHN SHADEGG, Arizona

ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD, Guam
JOHN E. ENSIGN, Nevada

SAM FARR, California ROBERT F. SMITH, Oregon

PATRICK J. KENNEDY, Rhode Island CHRIS CANNON, Utah

ADAM SMITH, Washington KEVIN BRADY, Texas

WILLIAM D. DELAHUNT, Massachusetts JOHN PETERSON, Pennsylvania

CHRIS JOHN, Louisiana RICK HILL, Montana

DONNA CHRISTIAN-GREEN, Virgin Islands BOB SCHAFFER, Colorado

RON KIND, Wisconsin JIM GIBBONS, Nevada

LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas MI AEL D. CRAPO, Idaho

LLOYD A. JONES, Chief of Staff
ELIZABETH MEGGINSON, Chief Counsel
CHRISTINE KENNEDY, Chief Clerk / Administrator

JOHN LAWRENCE, Democratic Staff Director
T.E. MANASE MANSUR, Republican Professional Staff
MARIE J. HOWARD-FABRIZIO, Democratic Professional Staff

CONTENTS

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Hearing held October 29, 1997
Statement of Members:

Abercrombie, Hon. Neil, a Representative in Congress from the State

of Hawaii, prepared statement of

Akaka, Hon. Daniel K., a Senator in Congress from the State of Hawaii

Becerra, Hon. Xavier, a Representative in Congress from the State of

California

Prepared statement of

Christian-Green, Hon. Donna M., a Representative in Congress from

the State of Virgin Islands, prepared statement of

Faleomavaega, Hon. Eni F.H., a Delegate in Congress from the Territory

of American Samoa, prepared statement of

Hill, Hon. Rick, a Representative in Congress from the State of Montana,

prepared statement of .

Inouye, Hon. Daniel K., a Senator in Congress from the State of Hawaii,

prepared statement of ...

Kennedy, Hon. Patrick J., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Rhode Island, prepared statement of

Mink, Hon. Patsy T., a Representative in Congress from the State of

Hawaii

Prepared statement of

Ortiz, Hon. Solomon P., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Texas, prepared statement of

Smith, Hon. Robert F. (Bob), a Representative in Congress from the

State of Oregon, prepared statement of

Underwood, Robert A., a Representative in Congress from the Territory

of Guam

Prepared statement of

Young, Hon. Don, a Representative in Congress from the State of Alaska,

prepared statement of

Letter to President Clinton

President Clinton's answering letter

Statement of Witnesses:

Ada, Hon. Joseph F., former Governor of Guam

Prepared statement of

Ada, Thomas C., Senator, and Guerrero, Lou Leon, Senator, 24th Guam

legislature, prepared statement of

Apuron, Anthony S., Archbishop, Archdiocese of Agana

Prepared statement of

Arriola, Joaquin C. Jr., President, Guam Bar Association, prepared state-

ment of

Barrett-Anderson, Hon. Elizabeth, a Senator from Guam, prepared state-

ment of

Blaz, Hon. Anthony, Vice Speaker, Guam Legislature

Prepared statement of

Blaz, Hon. Ben, former Delegate, U.S. House of Representatives

Prepared statement of

Calvo, Hon. Paul M., former Governor of Guam

Prepared statement of ..

College of the Marshall Islands and Palau Community College, prepared

statement of

Cristobal, Hope A., Organization of People for Indigenous Rights

Doss, Darrell O., prepared statement of

Draft Guam Commonwealth Act, Sections A through D

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