TALD OKs measure funding scholarships


A delegation passed legislation last Wednesday that funds both undergraduate degrees and master degrees scholarship offered by the Tinian Municipal Council for the fall 2019 semester.

The Tinian and Aguiguan Legislative Delegation, led by Sen. Jude U. Hofschneider (R-Tinian), passed legislation that appropriates $79,000 from the local license fees collected from pachinko slot machines and poker machines on Tinian to several programs on the island, including scholarships and equipment purchases for Tinian government agencies.

Under the bill, $50,000 is appropriated to fund the fall 2019 semester of the Tinian Municipal Scholarship; $10,000 to fund the fall 2019 semester of the Master’s Program; $10,000 for the purchase of firearms and its accessories along with training of personnel for the Tinian Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife; and $9,000 for the purchase of a zero-turn mower for the Tinian Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.

The bill, Rep. Edwin Aldan’s (R-Tinian) House Local Bill 20-67, was supported unanimously by the delegation. The bill now heads to acting governor Arnold I. Palacios for review since Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is on an off-island trip to Boise, Idaho.

The initial intent of the bill was only to purchase firearms for the Tinian Fish and Wildlife; however, Aldan proposed an amendment during the session to include funding for other programs.

H.L.B. 20-67 passed on a unanimous vote. Sens. Francisco Cruz (R-Tinian) and Francisco Borja (R-Tinian) were the remaining members of the delegation.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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