26 May 2010

Drop number of lawmakers, says American Samao's Faleomavaega

3:04 pm on 26 May 2010

American Samoa's member of the US Congress says he would favour a drop in the number of lawmakers as there plans to create a unicameral legislature.

Next month's Constitutional Convention will hear about a proposal for a single 30-member house, to be called the Senate, with 15 seats reserved for senators selected by traditional means as at present and 15 seats elected by popular vote.

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he supports a reduction and says the territory could do with a total of 15 legislators to cut costs.

"You know the legislation of Guam with about 175,000 people, the number of legislators in their parliament is only 15. So I still think that maybe we could probably do even with less, but here again that's my opinion."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin