11 Jul 2007

Senate leader pushes for American Samoan assembly to sit longer

2:48 pm on 11 July 2007

The President of American Samoa's Senate, Lolo Letalu Moliga, has suggested that the Fono should sit longer to deal with what Governor Togiola Tulafono has called changes being forced upon American Samoa by the United States without any input from the territory.

Lolo says the Fono can better respond to this and other challenges facing the territory if it is in session the whole year instead of just 90 days.

Lolo says meeting only 90 days out of the year is insufficient time for lawmakers to address problems.

Currently the Legislature has two 45-day sessions per year unless the governor calls special sessions.