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Governor OKs bill to repeal ‘unconstitutional’ law that created Saipan Street Directory Commission

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday approved House Local Bill 21-40, now Saipan Local Law 21-14, to repeal S.L.L. 5-6, which was found “unconstitutional,” according to Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Chairman John Paul Sablan who authored H.L.B. 21-40.

Enacted on Feb. 11, 1988, S.L.L. 5-6 tasked the Department of Public Works to maintain, repair, and replace damaged and lost street name signs, as well as to update and maintain the master map, among other responsibilities.

S.L.L. 5-6 also established the Saipan Street Directory Commission.

Sablan said this   violated Section 8, Article 6 of the CNMI Constitution, which prohibits the establishment of a new agency of the local government.

The new local law states that the implementation of the street address master map and update of the street name master map “shall be the responsibility of the Saipan Mayor’s Office.”

A significant amount of public funds has been expended to develop the Saipan street name and address master map, so “it is prudent to designate the Office of the Mayor of Saipan to be the sole agency responsible for maintaining and implementing the master map,” the new local law stated.

In response to issues of potential violation of the CNMI Constitution, S.L.L. 21-14 repeals in their entirety, S.L.L. 5-6 provisions that created the Saipan Street Directory Commission.

The new local law authorizes the Saipan Mayor’s Office “to develop and implement the Saipan street naming and addressing master map….”

It “further affirms the Saipan street name master map that was approved by the Saipan local delegation in December 1998, and as amended after its approval and adoption.”

According to the new local law, “The December 1998 street name master map provided for 32 different themes, which where the basis for the development of street names in the zone encompassing each theme. This Act reaffirms the 32 themes and shall remain the basis for developing names of streets and future changes in street names.”

 

 

 

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