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Tinian municipal vice chairperson can be acting chairperson

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THE vice chairperson of the Tinian Municipal Council can now serve as the acting chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres last week signed Senate Local Bill 21-8 to correct an error in Tinian Local Law 21-8 which designated the Tinian municipal council chairperson as acting mayor in the absence of the mayor.

Francisco Borja

The measure, authored by Sen. Francisco Borja,  stated that “a wrong version of the bill [that became T.L.L. 21-8 which he also introduced] was unintentionally transmitted to the governor for consideration….”

As a result of the error, the current provisions under Sections 2312 and 2313 are exactly the same: both state  who will be acting mayor when the mayor is absent from the CNMI.

S.L.B. 21-8, which is now Tinian Local Law 21-13, amends T.L.L. 21-8 to correct the error and to provide the designation of the acting municipal council chairperson when the chairperson is absent from the Commonwealth.

T.L.L. 21-13 states that “whenever the chairperson of the municipal council is to be physically absent from the CNMI, the vice chairperson of the municipal council shall be the acting chairperson of the municipal council.”

The new local law further provides that “if the vice chairperson is also absent, then the remaining council member shall be the acting chairperson of the municipal council.”

“In the event that all members of the municipal council are absent,” the new local law added, “then the chairperson of the municipal council shall designate whom shall be the acting chairperson until any member of the municipal council physically returns.”

The measure states that “because of modern technology such as high-speed internet and reliable and consistent inter-island transportation the mayor can oversee the operations of the municipality from anywhere in the Commonwealth and can return to the municipality on short notice. The council chairperson can likewise do the same if physically present in the Commonwealth.”

 

 

 

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