Gov. Ralph DLG Torres will be making his first State of the Commonwealth address on March 31.
This will also be the first State of the Commonwealth address in more than two years. The late governor Eloy S. Inos delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address on June 30, 2014, at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center, 16 months after assuming the post.
Inos became the governor after then-governor Benigno R. Fitial resigned after being impeached by the House of Representatives and a likely conviction in an impeachment trial by the Senate.
Torres has asked House Speaker Rafael S. Demapan (R-Saipan) and Senate President Arnold I. Palacios (R-Saipan) to hold a joint session of the 20th CNMI Legislature.
“As we look ahead to the prospects of this year, we have an opportunity to further advance the goals and interests of the Commonwealth. We all share in the spirit of presenting solutions that address the critical issues affecting our people,” Torres said in his letter addressed to both leaders of the Legislature.
“With that being said, I am requesting for a joint session of the 20th Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature on March 31, so that I may deliver my State of the Commonwealth address.”