AMENDED EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-03 DECLARATION OF PRICE FREEZE

On January 29, 2020, a Declaration of Significant Emergency was declared for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. On this basis and pursuant to the Consumer Disaster Price Freeze Act, a price freeze is hereby declared. 

The prices of the following items are frozen: 

1. Gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, natural gas, and all other chemical fuels, whether in 

gaseous, liquid, or solid form; 

2. All foods and foodstuffs, including water, bottled water, beverages, and ice; 

3. All clothing; 

4. Flashlights, lamps, lanterns, candles, light bulbs, and other means of illumination; 

5. Generators, cables, wires, electrical batteries of every sort, and similar equipment for 

the generation and/or transmission of electrical power; 

6. All appliances used in the storage and/or preparation of food, including, but not limited 

to, stoves, barbecue grilles, ovens, refrigerators, and coolers; 

7. Tools typically used for construction, ground clearing, or home repairs, whether electrically powered, chemically powered, or manual, including, but not limited to, saws, machetes, hammers, drills, shovels, rakes, and brooms. 

8. All bedding items, including pillows, futons and blankets; 

9. All medicines, medical equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE), including 

but not limited to masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers; 

10. All housing rentals including apartments and condominiums. 

Under this declaration, prices for the aforementioned items shall not increase. Businesses are not inhibited from selling items at prices lower than prices at the time of the original promulgation of this declaration. 

This price freeze shall last until rescinded, or until the declarations of emergency or disaster are terminated, whichever occurs first. 

Done this 6th day of March 2020. 

RALPH DLG. TORRES
Governor

CNMI Office of the Governor

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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