18 Aug 2014

Lolo favours American Samoa constitution change

10:26 am on 18 August 2014

American Samoa's Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the time is right to change the constitution in order to give the Fono veto override authority of legislative measures.

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 US Secretary of the Interior who makes the final decision on whether the bill is signed into law.

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

The proposed amendment will be on the ballot in November and the governor has urged directors to help make sure voters understand what the amendment provides.

Lolo says the US Department of Interior will support what the public wants.