21 Feb 2014

American Samoa passes step towards greater independence

10:18 am on 21 February 2014

The American Samoa Senate has approved a measure giving the Fono the authority to override the Governor's veto.

The Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the Lolo Administration supports the proposal, which gives the territory more self-governance.

The measure will require a change to the local Constitution, and so voters as well as the United States Congress will have to approve it.

The measure will now go to the local House for consideration.

Talauega told senators it's an important piece of legislation, which gives American Samoa a level of independence.

Currently, the US Interior Secretary has the authority to over-ride the governor's vote.

Talauega says that it's the governor's belief that any differences between the legislature and the governor should be resolved locally and not by bureaucrats in Washington DC.