Cruz defends bill to exempt officials from window tint ban


A proposal to exempt elected officials from the ban on car window tinting is about security and safety and nothing more, according to Sen. Francisco Q. Cruz (R-Tinian).

Cruz introduced the bill, which was subsequently passed by the Senate in a session on Rota last Friday.

“This bill is for the security and safety of elected officials,” Cruz said, adding that the proposed bill will serve no other purpose.

Cruz said he feels that this proposed measure is “very urgent, very important,” adding that his own personal experience during the 17th Legislature was one of the reasons he filed the bill.

“My car was shot [at] twice during the 17th Legislature in 2011, so I feel this is very urgent, very important,” he said. “Unlike in other countries, we do not have security here.”

The senator said it is the prerogative of other lawmakers to have a different view of the proposed law, but there is “no need to make this an issue.”

He stressed that the proposed bill is “not meant for other purposes, and not meant to be abused.”

Senate Bill 19-28 seeks to exempt vehicles used by elected officials from window tinting restrictions and government license plate requirements.

According to the proposed bill, “this will ensure that elected officials cannot be easily attacked while traveling on the road or in a parked vehicle.”

Other lawmakers, however, said that this is not necessary and not urgent.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
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