Guam Testimony Favors Jones Act Reform
News Release from Office of Guam Legislature Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio (D)
June 4, 2013 - A hearing was held this morning on Resolution No. 138-32 (COR) – “Relative to requesting the Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam’s Delegate to Congress, support modifications to the antiquated and restrictive “Merchant Marine Act of 1920,” more commonly known as the “Jones Act,” which continues to have an adverse effect on certain noncontiguous domestic jurisdictions of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Territory of Guam.”
Students from various high schools around the island who are members of the Public Policy Institute testified in favor of Resolution No. 138-32 (COR). Those testifying included Joseph Maravilla, Anthony Lamorena, Dominique Ong, Rachell Kim and Linda Song.
Lawmakers also received a statement of support for the resolution from Michael N. Hansen, the President of the Hawaii Shippers Council.
A copy of Mr. Hansen’s testimony is attached. Also attached to this news release is the statement made by resolution sponsor Senator Rory J. Respicio and a copy of the resolution as introduced in the Guam Legislature.
For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.