25 Aug 2012

American Samoa governor bans light bulbs, cars

4:30 am on 25 August 2012

A critic of orders issued this week by the American Samoa governor, that have banned certain light bulbs, detergents, old cars and shark fishing, says they will hurt the economy.

Senator Lualemaga Faoa questioned the governor's power to place restrictions on things that affect people's lives.

Togiola Tulafono issued a ban on the importation of older vehicles, detergents containing phosphates and catching rare fish species including sharks.

He also banned the government from using incandescent light bulbs.

But Senator Faoa says both the Fono and the public should have had input into these restrictions.