1 Dec 2008

American Samoa's lawmakers reminded they still have obligations to turn up for Fono

10:44 am on 1 December 2008

There are questions over whether there will be a quorum tomorrow for the first day of the special session of the American Samoa Legislature.

This is the first time since the territory began electing its own governor and lieutenant governor that a session of the Fono has been convened after a general election.

The session, which will last 15 days, has ten agenda items, many are legislation left over from the last session.

Concerns about lack of a quorum stem from the fact that 11 of the sitting representatives lost their seats in the November 4 general elections.

There's also a high turnover in the Senate with only a handful of Senators returning.

Some representatives and senators are off island while others have begun the search for jobs.

The Speaker of the House has reminded the lawmakers that their tenure does not expire until January 3, 2009 and their presence at the Fono session is necessary for passage of important legislation.