Muna-Barnes successful with bill to encourage lease of Paseo Stadium to Guam Baseball Federation

by Ken Wetmore, KUAM News
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Senators were finally able to finish debate on Bill 125 this afternoon after more than two days of debate. Democrat Senator Tina Muna-Barnes is the sponsor of the legislation that would lease the Paseo Stadium to the Guam Baseball Federation for 50 years.
She says the bill has a lot of other provisions that will help grow baseball on Guam. “From clinics to just be able to uplift the sport of baseball it will create jobs, it’s a landmark legislation for true public-private partnership...it will bring and enhance sports tourism,” she told KUAM News.

Republicans however, had questions about the lease and how tax credits would be administered.

Senator Bob Klitzkie in particular offered up numerous amendments to the bill. He said, “I think it is a benign bill and I think it has worthy purpose. Whenever you deal with taxes and tax credits however, it is a very technical undertaking and I think it requires great attention from this body to make sure we do it correctly.” Senator Klitzkie says if he doesn't vote in favor of the bill it will be because one of his amendments failed.

The amendment would have left it up to the Camacho Administration to solicit bids for the lease of the Paseo Stadium.


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