Shelters activated on Saipan and Tinian

Due to the ongoing threat of Tropical Depression 20W, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, in coordination with the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the CNMI Public School System (PSS), have activated the following locations as shelters on Saipan and Tinian effective 4:00 p.m. today:

·       Marianas High School

·       Kagman High School

·       Tinian Elementary School

There are currently no shelters in place for the island of Rota; however, emergency managers on the island are currently monitoring the situation with shelters on standby.

Residents on Saipan and Tinian in tents are advised to go to the closest shelter to them for care, support, and relief during the rainy conditions.

The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority (COTA) is activated to provide transportation to the shelters throughout the day. Residents can call (670) 664-2690 for transportation to designated shelters.

In compliance with current CNMI COVID-19 protocols and to ensure the safety and health of all residents seeking shelter, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation will be conducting temperature checks and COVID-19 vaccination verifications prior to residents entering shelters. Vaccinated individuals seeking shelter must bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards (CDC vaccine card) for vaccination verification.

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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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