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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.

CNMI Fisheries Relief Round Two Applications Available Soon

The CNMI CARES-Act Fisheries Working Group, composed of members from the Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR), and the Office of Grants Management & State Clearinghouse (OGM-SC) under the Office of the Governor, is pleased to announce that a second round of relief assistance will be made available to the general fishing communities of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. A total of $411,002 was awarded to the CNMI from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The funding will support activities previously authorized under Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding was allocated to states and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. 

CNMI Division of Energy launches Energizing Insular Communities Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program (CNMI-EIC-EE/ESARP) for Tinian

The CNMI Energy Division Office is pleased to announce the launching of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Energizing Insular Communities – Energy Efficient/Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program (CNMI-EIC-EE/ESARP) for the 2nd Year, to assist interested residents in lowering their home’s energy use and cost of utilities by offering appliance rebate vouchers, as a financial incentive, to redeem at participating local vendors or retailers to receive an in-store instant rebate, for the replacement of old in-efficient appliances with qualified, Energy-Efficient/Energy Star rated products.  Due to funding limitations, the number of rebate vouchers are limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis, until funds run out, for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota residents. 

Child Care Providers participate in Health and Safety Training

On May 7, 2022, eight participants from three childcare centers on Saipan welcomed the month of May with another set of health and safety training sessions conducted by Evergreen Learning Quality Care Specialist, Mrs. Maricar I. Pena, at Evergreen Learning training center, in Chalan Kanoa, Saipan. The two training sessions, each two hours long, were on Precaution in Transporting Children and Building and Physical premises safety.

PROCLAMATION – Historic Preservation Month – May 2022

WHEREAS, the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is represented by a vast number of archaeological and historical sites, historic buildings, and landscapes that have been discovered and recorded through the CNMI; and,

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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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