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Governor Torres announces premium pay for CNMI government employees

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres officially announced on Wednesday that the Department of Finance is set to release premium pay for CNMI government employees who have worked at least forty (40) hours to directly mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as CNMI government employees who have worked to provide public services since the pandemic began.

MEMORANDUM – Governor Torres grants administrative leave on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in the spirit of the holidays

As we are all well aware, this past year has been filled with many unique setbacks and challenges, not just for our Commonwealth but for the entire nation and the world.  Yet despite the hardships and inconveniences that we have endured, we are reminded that it is not the setbacks and challenges we face that define us as a people and community, but rather, our ability to adapt and overcome them.

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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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