Acting governor Eloy S. Inos signed into local law a measure that appropriates $15,000 in poker machine fees to Rota patients, scholars, and other programs and services.
House Local Bill 17-84, Substitute 1, introduced by Rep. Teresita Santos (Ind-Rota), is now Rota Local Law 17-21.
Santos, in an interview yesterday, said she's grateful for the acting governor's signing of the bill into law “because it will be a big help to terminally ill and dialysis patients who have been waiting for their allowance.”
Under the new law, $6,300 is appropriated for 14 Rota dialysis and terminally ill patients at $450 each for April 2012.
Some $2,700 will be for nine dialysis and terminally ill patients at $300 each for April 2012.
The Rota Municipal Scholarship Foundation, pursuant to Rota Local Law 17-2, will get $1,500 under the newly signed local law.
A total of $1,500 will go toward the retroactive salary payment of affected employees.
The Rota Liaison Office/Rota Medical Referral Office will get $1,659 for fuel and lubrication.
Rota's Department of Public Safety will also get $1,000 also for fuel and lubrication. A total of $341 will go to Aquarius Beach Tower.
Inos, in his transmittal message to Rota Legislative Delegation chair Sen. Juan Ayuyu (Ind-Rota) and acting House speaker Felicidad Ogumoro (Cov-Saipan), said he approves the measure “with specific instructions to the Secretary of Finance that the appropriation of $341 for Aquarius Beach Tower in Section 2(g) be disbursed only upon submission of proper documentation showing a public purpose for the expense.”