NMI acting governor vetoes bill requiring contractors to be licensed

SUSUPE, Saipan — Acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios vetoed a legislative bill to require all contractors to be licensed in the Northern Mariana Islands. In a Jan. 20 letter to the 19th NMI Legislature disapproving House Bill 19-132, or the Contractor’s Licensing Act, Palacios states that some of its provisions are “problematic.”

The bill requires the Board of Professional Licensing to include a member to represent contractors and that the member must be a resident of the NMI for three years. The residency requirement is unnecessary as “there is no connection between competency to serve on the board and . . .

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