The House of Representatives was able to meet yesterday the required three-fourth supermajority threshold to pass the House bill that would set the salaries of incoming members of the 21st Legislature at $32,000.
The Legislature—both House of Representatives and Senate—earlier passed similar legislations, House bills 20-194 and 20-195, but both were vetoed by the Governor’s Office.
In vetoing H.B. 20-195, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the CNMI Office of the Attorney General had advised him that the bill failed to pass with the required 15 vote-supermajority or three-fourth of the Legislature that is needed under Article II, Section 7 (d) of the CNMI Constitution that that would affect the government’s spending authority enacted between the election and the second Monday of January.
This latest attempt to set lawmakers’ salaries is House Bill 20-197.