MEMORANDUM – Governor Torres grants administrative leave for all non-critical Commonwealth employees in the spirit of Thanksgiving

In the spirit of giving thanks, I am hereby authorizing all non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take Administrative Leave at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 and for all of Friday, November 26, 2021.

For nearly the past two years, the ongoing global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our Commonwealth, our nation, and to the world. For this reason, we owe great thanks to our frontliners—our doctors, nurses, first responders, the COVID-19 Task Force, and all our government employees for demonstrating proactive leadership, commitment, self-sacrifice, and service to our people during times of uncertainty.

We also extend our gratitude to the members of our community for your active participation and the individual roles you have played to keep your family members, friends, and neighbors safe. It is only through your cooperation and care that the CNMI has been able to remain one of the safest places in the world from COVID-19. Likewise, it is only with your help and partnership that we may continue to keep safe as we move forward alongside the rest of the world in adapting to a new normal.

Last Thanksgiving, I asked all of you to continue to look out for one another, and you have done more than that through your mutual kindness and cooperation. I will remain forever grateful to serve you. My family, my administration, and I wish you and your loved ones many blessings, good health, and a happy and safe Thanksgiving.





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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