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Statement from the CNMI Office of the Governor on charges filed by AG

The CNMI Office of the Governor has received a copy of the charges filed by the Attorney General against Governor Ralph DLG. Torres. The Office of the Governor trusts in the CNMI’s justice system and declines to comment further on the pending litigation. The matter has been forwarded to Governor Torres’ private counsel.

Proclamation – National Library Workers Day – April 5, 2022

WHEREAS, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Fernando M. Benavente Memorial Library, Bookmobile, Technology Mobile Express, Tinian Public Library, and the Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Public Library (Rota)provide community members with the knowledge and information they need to live, learn, and work in the 21st century;

Proclamation – Community College Month – April 2022

WHEREAS, the more than 1,000 community colleges, public and private, in the United States have contributed tremendously to the value and accessibility of higher education. About 5.4 million college students in the Nation today are enrolled in community colleges; and

Department of Labor Resumes Work Registration with NAP Participants

The CNMI Department of Labor (CNMIDOL) announces the resumption of the Work Registration Program for Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) participants effective April 1, 2022. Through a Memorandum of Agreement between the CNMI Department of Labor and the Department of Community Cultural Affairs, the Work Registration Program was developed to assist unemployed adult NAP participants seek and gain employment.  CNMIDOL Supervisor James Ulloa recently met with NAP Administrator Walter Macaranas to formalize the resumption of the Work Registration Program.

Pagan Out, No High Caliber Live Fire on Tinian

Since the release of the Department of Defense (DOD) 2015 Commonwealth Joint Military Training (CJMT) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Tinian leadership, and the Northern Islands Mayor have led the charge to ensure that the concerns of the people of the CNMI are heard and addressed by our federal partners. 

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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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