24 May 2010

American Samoans to consider one-chamber parliament

3:08 pm on 24 May 2010

There are proposals for American Samoa to become a single chamber legislature.

This is one of the ideas on the agenda of the Constitutional Convention next month.

The Constitutional Review Committee has approved that the convention discuss switching from a two house legislature to a unicameral or one house assembly.

The proposal is for the Fono's single house, to be called the Senate, to have 30 members, with 15 seats reserved for senators selected by traditional means as at present and 15 seats elected by popular vote.

The advantages of such a change are lower operating costs and more efficiency, but it would mean the concentration of power among fewer people.