Senate President Arnold Palacios (R-Saipan), who is currently serving as the acting governor of the CNMI in the absence of both Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, signed two local laws last Monday, June 26.
Both laws, which are appropriation laws, are recognized as Saipan Local Law 20-03 and SLL 20-04.
SLL 20-03 would re-appropriate funding from SLL 19-08 to the paving of Toson Drive in Afetnas, amounting to $10,759.92. Also included in SLL 20-03 is the re-appropriation of $190,000 allotted under SLL 19-23 to several roadwork projects, including $140,000 for the repair, drainage, and/or de-surfacing of Tuturam Road, $10,000 for the paving of Toson Drive in Afetnas, and $40,000 for the anti-skid pavement on As Perdido Road.
SLL 20-04 re-appropriates funding totaling $588,037 for numerous projects and activities within Saipan.
A total of $150,000 is appropriated for the 2017 Liberation Day festivities with expenditure authority assigned to the Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, $20,000 for the “Five Pillars of the Carolinians Community in the CNMI” under the Carolinian Affairs Office with expenditure authority of the secretary of Finance, and $80,000 for the Joeten Kiyu Public Library for the purchase of books, a vehicle, and the tinting of the library windows.
Another $50,000 is appropriated for the Developmental Disabilities for Commonwealth Respite Service Program, or CRSP, operations, while $39,394 is appropriated to the Criminal Justice Planning Agency for the purchase of a vehicle. The law also now earmarks $55,326 for the NMI Museum of History and Culture’s repair and maintenance, among many others.