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[Yap State News Brief] Legislature Issues Letters Seeking Clarification From Administration

Yap State News Brief/ June 25, 2013

 

A series of letters, issued by Yap State Legislature on June 4th and June 20th 2013, were sent to the State Government in which members of the legislature were seeking clarification on “how the Administration feels about the Yap State Resolution 8-75”, which is a resolution that calls on the State Foreign Investment Board to cancel the Foreign Investment Permit (FIP) of the Exhibit and Travel Group (ETG).

 

The following is a transcription of both letters:

 

June 4, 2013

 

The Honorable Anthony Tareg

Lieutenant Governor

Yap State

Colonia, Yap FM  96943

 

Re: Legal memo on YSR 8-75

 

Dear Lt. Governor Tareg:

 

This letter is to seek clarifications from you as to the current status of the agreement we [you and members of the Legislature] reached during the meeting which you requested and took place on May 16, 2013.  At the meeting you advised the members of the Legislature that you had requested the meeting so you could express how the Administration feels about the Yap State Resolution 8-75 (YSR 8-75).

 

As you know the discussions during the meeting were mainly in generalities that the Administration was concerned about the consequences of proceeding with the purpose and intent of YSR 8-75, that the Administration is caught in the middle of things, and that “going to court is the last thing the Administration wants to do.”  You impressed on the members that your requesting the meeting was “not to stop the Resolution,” but to share with the members the Administration’s concerns about possible consequences if the FIP is cancelled.  The members understood the requested meeting to be one seeking possible solutions from the Legislature, and that going to court was not on the agenda.

 

It was agreed that we were to wait for you for a list of the Administration’s specific concerns and issues on YSR 8-75.  We were to review the list before we all meet again for more specific and on point discussions of the specific issues and concerns.

 

The Legislature however, has thereafter received a legal memorandum of points and authorities from the Assistant Attorney General, Jeremiah Luther, through the Attorney General, on the legality of Yap State Resolution No. 8-75.  We would like to know if this legal memorandum of points and authorities is to be treated as the list of concerns and issues which was agreed to in the May 16, 2013 meeting that you were to transmit to us for review before we meet again.  It is important that we get some clarifications from you on this matter as the legal memo appears to be in preparation for going to court.

 

Furthermore, prior to our receiving the legal memo your Office had issued a press release on the subject matter of the May 16, 2013 meeting with the members of the Legislature.  As mentioned above, the discussions in the meeting were to be continued at a second meeting to be scheduled after you have provided us with the list of concerns and issues for review for the second meeting.  The press release is as per News Briefs of May 30, 2013.

 

Should the Legislature consider the legal memo from the Assistant AG as your transmittal to us of the list of concerns and issues or should we expect to hear from your Office as agreed to in the meeting?  We await for your advice and clarifications.  Thank you.

 

Respectfully,

 

Henry Falan                                                    Ted Rutun

Speaker                                                           Vice Speaker

 

Clement Mulalap                                             Jesse Raglmar-SUBOLMAR

Chairman, Finance Committee                       Chairman, GHW

 

Charles S. Chieng                                           Joseph Giliko

Chairman, RED                                              Vice Chairman, GHW

 

<End June 4 Letter>

 

June 20, 2013

 

The Honorable Anthony Tareg

Lieutenant Governor

Yap State

Colonia, Yap FM  96943

 

Re: Follow-up on June 4, 2013 letter concerning Legal memo on YSR 8-75

 

Dear Lt. Governor Tareg:

 

This is to follow-up on our letter of June 4, 2013 seeking clarifications from you on the matter concerning the legal memo on Yap State Resolution No. 8-75. We understand that your Office received the letter on June 7, 2013.  We would like to know the status of your response to the letter.

 

As you recall, the agreement reached in the May 16, 2013 meeting was to have a second meeting to discuss the list of concerns and issues you were to provide us in advance for our review for the second meeting.   And as noted on the letter, a copy thereof is given to the Government News Brief for publication for transparency purposes.

 

We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible on the status of your response to our June 4, 2013 letter.  A copy of the letter is attached hereto for your easy reference.  Thank you.

 

Respectfully,

 

Henry Falan

Speaker

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