14 Apr 2014

American Samoa sends constitutional amendment to November poll

7:17 am on 14 April 2014

American Samoa's acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has sent to the Election Office the veto override constitutional amendment to be included on the ballot in the November general elections.

At present if a bill that was vetoed by the governor is approved again by the Fono, the governor sends the bill with his comments to the United States Secretary of the Interior who makes the final decision on whether or not the bill is signed into law.

Under the constitutional amendment, if the governor vetoes a bill, each chamber can pass the bill again, and the governor must then sign the bill into law.

If voters approve the amendment in November the change must be forwarded to Congress for approval.