By Kambes Kesolei —-
Once again our cash-strapped government is wasting money on junket to Manila to attend an investment conference. There are reportedly over 30 national government and state officials, including around 20 OEK members, Koror legislators and their respective staff attending the conference.
EIGHTH OLBIIL ERA KELULAU Twelfth Regular Session, October 2011 Senate Joint Resolution No. 8-81 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION Requesting all Palauan citizens lawfully residing in the United States of America and its territories and possessions pursuant to Article IV, Section 141 of the Compact of Free Association between the Republic of Palau and the United States of America to return to Palau.
The foregoing information sets forth the different restrictions concerning the work of the members of the OEK. My next task will be to apply this information to the reports you submitted concerning a particular member of the OEK [Sen. Arnold Oilouch]. I will then draft a letter setting out the different options that apply to this matter and await your direction. (Emphasis mine).
Tia Belau Editorial on August 22, 2011 —
It is becoming clear that the decision by the senate to preempt any move by the president to appointment a new special prosecutor (SP) is turning into a strategic political blunder not only for the senate themselves but for the elected leadership of the national government.
EIGHTH OLBIIL ERA KELULAU
______BILL NO. _______________
A BILL FOR AN ACT
To authorize and appropriate the sum of $58,798,000 from the National Treasury for the annual general operating, special revenue, COFA review, and debt service budget of the Republic of Palau for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012; to authorize and appropriate funds to provide a $20.00 bi-weekly cost-of-living allowance to certain National Public Service System employees; to authorize and appropriate funds to pay outstanding court judgments against the National Government; to authorize and appropriate funds to provide a monthly subsistence stipend to families without any income; to amend 24 PNC §3413 to increase the amount of the environmental protection departure fee and other related matters; to amend 26 PNC §143(b) to make the Vice-President an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the National Development Bank; to amend 26 PNC §186(a) to augment the National Development Bank’s annual reporting requirements; to amend 30 PNC §125 to increase the minimum wage paid to employees; to amend 37 PNC §302(a) to modify the manner in which the P.U.C. bills the National Government; to amend 40 PNC §1101 to change the rates at which wages and salaries are taxed; to amend 40 PNC §1401(a) to increase the excise tax assessed on hotel rooms; to amend Title 40 of the Palau National Code by adding a section imposing a diving tax; to amend 40 PNC §628 to provide a practical mechanism for emergency procurement; and for related purposes.
By Kambes Kesolei
The below bill if passed would have repercussions beyond not only the traditional media but also the online forums, blogs, and other social networking sites.
Date: December 9, 2010 Senate Press Release No. 8-37
NGERULMUD, REPUBLIC OF PALAU – Senate President Mlib Tmetuchl called the Second Day of the Senate’s Tenth Special Session into order on Thursday, December 9, 2010.
In the Senate of the Eighth Olbiil Era Kelulau;The Senate passed the following Bills on first reading: … A Bill introduced by Senator Alfonso N. Diaz to add a chapter to 11 PNC regulating the publisher business; in particular, to enable members of the public who have a cause of action against an anonymous writer who publishes false, libelous, or defamatory statements through a publisher to be able to force a publisher through a subpoena to divulge the identity of the anonymous writer.