Gov. Benigno R. Fitial certified and granted the over-the-cap salaries of two assistant attorneys general.
In separate Oct. 4 letters to Senate President Paul Manglona (Ind-Rota) and House Speaker Eli Cabrera (R-Saipan), the governor certified and granted the $74,000 per annum salary of assistant attorney general Kathryn B. Fuller and the $54,000 annual salary of assistant attorney general Reena J. Patel. These letters were on the agenda of the House session on Wednesday.
The governor is required by law to report government salaries that are over $50,000 a year.
Fitial's two letters also served as notification to the Civil Service Commission chairperson of the over-the-cap salary certification.
The Salary Amendment Act of 1992 sets the salary ceiling for government employees at $50,000. However, the law gives the governor the authority to waive the ceiling and submit a certification to the Legislature.
Most of the over-the-cap salaries are for attorneys at the Office of the Attorney General and physicians and other medical staffers at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.