12 Jan 2007

American Samoa Legislature still awaiting report on future political status

12:41 pm on 12 January 2007

Leaders of the American Samoa Legislature want to call a joint Legislative hearing as soon as a copy of the Future Political Status Study Commission's (FPSSC) report is submitted to lawmakers.

The report was officially presented to the Togiola administration last week and commission member, Senator Tuaolo M. Fruean said it was the commission's understanding that copies were to be distributed to the Fono by the governor's office.

However, Senate President Lolo M. Moliga says the Fono is still waiting for copies of the report, which is required by law.

Lolo said that while the privilege was extended to leaders of the three branches of government to attend preliminary briefings on the commission's report, individual members of the Fono, except for those holding commission membership, have not had access to the report.

Lolo says the Fono will hold a joint hearing as soon as copies of the report arrive at the Legislature.

Members of the commission, tasked with exploring political options for the territory, will be asked to testify during the hearings.