21 Oct 2004

CNMI senators try to cut the costs of the legislature

7:28 pm on 21 October 2004

Two senators have expressed support to proposals that aim to make the Legislature of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, a part-time body.

The Saipain Tribune reports that Senate minority leader Pete Reyes agrees with the proposal and says he will vote for it.

Senator Reyes says he not only wants a part-time legislature but also a term limit for lawmakers.

There is currently no law that prohibits any politician from seeking re-election.

This week Representative Claudio Norita introduced the initiative which also aims to get rid of lawmakers' salaries and provide for fixed payments of $120-US dollars per session and $60 per committee meeting attended.

Rep. Norita says this move would save the Commonwealth $3.2 million.