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Bills lawmakers author and introduce go through a series of steps at the Guam Legislature before becoming a law.
Shawn Raymundo

Lawmakers are scheduled to be in session this week to debate several bills, including a measure that would require customers to pay more at the gas pump to provide additional funding for village street repairs.

Session is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Monday at the Guam Congress Building.

Bill 122-34, by Sen. Tommy A. Morison, would incrementally increase the liquid fuel tax rate for the sole purpose of repairing village roads and construction projects. The increase would be effective Jan. 1, 2018, and reflect a 1.5-cent increase per gallon on both liquid and diesel fuel, with a a 1-cent-per-gallon increase every year after that until 2020.

Also on the agenda is a bill by Sen. Mike San Nicolas that would require the government of Guam to reconcile Section 30 funding Guam receives each year from the federal government.

Section 30 funding comes from income taxes paid by federal workers on Guam, remitted to the local government.

San Nicolas’ bill would require director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation to determine the Guam-sourced income generated from federally-contracted activity by contractors that don’t file taxes on Guam, reconcile that information and report it to the Legislature. If it is found that the federal government underestimated reimbursable taxes from this source, Section 30 reimbursements could increase, providing additional revenue for Guam, the bill states.

Sen. Tom Ada’s  Bill 75-34 would put time limits on projects approved by the Guam Land Use Commission. According to the bill, any approved project would require the applicant to apply for and receive a building permit…