Statement by Governor Torres on CNMI Constitution Day

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres on Tuesday issued the following statement:

“This December 8th, we celebrate Constitution Day and the continued progress we have made as a Commonwealth in political union with the United States.”

“In addition, we also celebrate our islands’ annual Catholic tradition of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.”

“Over four decades ago, 39 leaders convened to develop the foundation of our government, beginning with words of our preamble, ‘We the People of the Northern Mariana Islands.’ In the present day, the Commonwealth Constitution remains the ‘embodiment of our traditions and hopes,’ especially as we continue to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, work to upgrade our infrastructure, increase educational opportunities for our students, and revitalize our economy.”

“I wish everyone in the CNMI a happy and safe Constitution Day.”

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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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