Barnett challenges acting governor to defy governor and sign hospital location bill into law

Chris Barnett this morning on The Ray Gibson Show challenged Joshua Tenorio to sign into law his bill requiring the new hospital be built in Tamuning and by default, Ypao Point. Mr. Tenorio is the acting governor and has the power to sign or veto the legislation, Bill No. 185-37. It passed by a bipartisan vote Friday.

Lou Leon Guerrero is off island. Her office issued a statement moments after the bill passed promising the governor would veto the bill. She has been in Washington, D.C. the past week for meetings with the Interagency group on Insular Affairs and the National Governors Association.

Executive actions that defy governors while they are off island are rare. The last time an acting governor made a decision that came as a surprise to a governor who was off island was when the late Speaker Antonio Unpingco ordered the hiring of nurses at Guam Memorial Hospital while then-Governor Carl Gutierrez was attending to business in the nation’s capital.

Mr. Tenorio indicated he will not exercise such powers.

“The governor is arriving tonight,” the acting governor said. “Given how serious this decision is going to be for generations of Guamanians, it deserves fair and serious discussion and review with the Governor and our team. I will not act in haste given the concerns about the Tamuning site.”

Ms. Leon Guerrero asked senators to approve her Bill No. 184-37, which would authorize the development of the new hospital in Adacao, Mangilao. Senators rejected her proposal.

No other options currently are before senators and the governor has not proposed a new site since threatening to veto Bill No. 185-37.


  • Alan San Nicolas

      02/27/2024 at 6:17 AM

    A’sinkasu na ma renunsia (veto) I lugat giya Tamuning pues kahat I espitat giya Dandan. Ma abreba I lugat para I basula pues hafa I diferensia ? Ti estubao para guahu, ihut put seno chagu I espitat. Payong yu esta.

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