Governor Torres announces increased food benefits for NAP recipients beginning November 1, 2021

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres announced on Wednesday morning (ChST) that the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the CNMI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will grant $30 million for the CNMI Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) and will increase benefit amounts for NAP recipients, expand eligibility, and create a contingency reserve fund for the CNMI, effective November 1, 2021.

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Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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