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Press Release: Nelson withdraws Bill 33, Proposes new Liberation Day funding source

Vice Speaker Telena C. Nelson after much thought and consideration has withdrawn Bill 33-35 and has introduced Bill 43-35 to fund Liberation Day plans proposed by the Mayors Council of Guam.

“In a showing of compromise and respect for our mayors, I’ve listened to their concerns and believe this is a solution we can all agree on,” said Vice Speaker Telena C. Nelson. “I thank the mayors for their continued hard work in our community and islandwide. I appreciate their dedication to planning Liberation Day and believe they will continue to engage the community in their preparations.”

Bill 43-35 proposes to leave the mayors as the authority and oversight of the Guam Island Fair Committee, including all Liberation Day festivities, and seeks to solve the mayors’ funding problem by still involving the Guam Visitors Bureau.

The bill would appropriate $500,000 from GVB’s Rainy Day Fund to MCOG specifically for Liberation Day. The money doesn’t come out of the government’s general fund and wouldn’t be the proceeds of casino-style games of chance, which Nelson still opposes.

“I will continue to fight gambling because the people have said no to it numerous times,” Nelson said. “We identified a new funding source for their festivities that doesn't depend on gambling."

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