Senate to Hold Public Hearings

June 3, 2010

The CNMI Senate will hold public hearings to "gauge CNMI residents' opinions on the DOI Report." They will submit their own recommendations within 90 days.

The CNMI nonresidents and their supporters submitted a petition with over 7,000 signatures calling for green cards and an unobstructed pathway to citizenship in March 2010. They also submitted hundreds of letter explaining their individual situations and length of time that they have lived and worked in the CNMI. They held a rally in May, which was attended by thousands of nonresidents and supporters.

The Saipan Tribune reported:
“These [public] hearings may serve as the local government's foundation for that report. Therefore, I ask that your committee conduct these hearings at the earliest possible time and report back to the Senate with recommendations within 90 days,” Manglona told Hofschneider.

The Interior report has recommended long-term status to foreign workers who have lawfully resided in the CNMI for at least five years.

The five options include granting these foreign workers U.S. citizenship by an act of Congress, permanent residency leading to citizenship, or a status similar to those given to citizens of Freely Associated States.
Public hearings are open to the public so I am assuming that nonresidents can also go and voice their opinions?

Previously, Governor Fitial called for a referendum on the issue. The governor and other leaders made a false claim that they did not meet with DOI to discuss this issue in the two years from the time that the CNRA passed until the DOI Report was due. The governor has also called for a referendum and there is talk that some members of the House are working on that.

The Tribune states that the Senators feel that town hall meetings will accomplish the same thing as a referendum, which is to get public opinion.


Isa said...

They've held public hearings in the past where only invited speakers get to speak (i.e. during the monument campaign in 2008). I wouldn't be surprised if they did that here.

Anonymous said...

this is not a meeting to gauge the feelings of local but rather to poison their minds to strengthen these haters' petition.

The Saipan Blogger said...

The Senate never held public hearings on the monument.

Anonymous said...

the senate most decidedly did hold public hearings on the monument.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Pew Environment Group held public meetings and much of the input that was received was incorporated into our recommendations; the White House held a public meeting and did the same. The Senate never held a public meeting or accepted a single word of public comment.

Anonymous said...

not true at all. the Senate and House held a public hearing. guess you was too busy counting the cash pew was paying u for your lies and distortions.