Chapter 01 - General Provisions

Chapter 01 - General Provisions

2.0101 Legislative journals.


(a) The corrected daily copies of the journals of the Senate and House of Representatives, together with the indexes thereof, constitute and are the official permanent record of the legislative proceedings.

(b) One copy of the daily permanent journals of the House and Senate must be certified as follows:

I hereby certify that the following house (or senate) journal of the legislative day is correct.

…………………………………………..

Chief Clerk, House of Representatives

or

Secretary of the Senate

(c) The certified copies must be filed with the Secretary of American Samoa not later than 30 days following the adjournment of the Legislature. Duly certified copies of the journals must be received in all courts of the Territory as original evidence, and are prima facie evidence of the proceedings.

2.0102 Compensation of legislators.


(a) The annual salary of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House is $30,000.

(b) The annual salary of other members of the Legislature is $25,000.

(c) The annual salary of the delegate from Swains Island is $20,000.

2.0103 Legislature may not raise its own compensation—Exception.


No Legislature except the 15th, may raise its own compensation, but a Legislature may raise the compensation of succeeding Legislatures.

2.0104 Office expense fund for legislators.


(a) There shall be paid in equal biweekly installments an annual expense allowance of:

(1) $30,000 per annum to each member of the Senate and House of Representatives; and

(2) $40,000 per annum to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(b) This allowance is for the purpose of defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge of their official duties. An accounting of the expenditures incurred by the member is not required.

Unless the member so elects, the allowance provided in this section is not income and the member is not required to report the amount of the allowance as income for tax purposes. A member may not subsequently claim the allowance as non-income once the election has been made to designate it as taxable income.

2.0105 Administration oaths


Any member of the Legislature, while acting as a member or as a member of any committee thereof, shall have authority to administer oaths to such persons as shall be examined before the Legislature or any committee thereof.

2.0106 Contempt of the Legislature


(a) For the purposes of this section, contempt of the Legislature shall consist of any of the following acts:

(1) knowingly arresting a member or officer of the Senate or the House, or procuring such member or officer to be arrested in violation of his privilege from arrest;

(2) disorderly conduct in the immediate view of the Senate, the House, or any legislative committee, directly tending to interrupt its proceedings;

(3) refusing to be examined as a witness before the Senate, the House, or any legislative committee, or before any person authorized to take testimony in legislative proceedings;

(4) giving or offering a bribe to a legislator, or attempting, by menace or other corrupt means or devise, directly or indirectly, to control or influence a legislator’s vote, or to prevent his giving the same.

(b) A person who is found in contempt of the Legislature is guilty of a class D felony.

2.0107 Appearance of American Samoa’s Washington Delegate


Annually, at a month to be determined by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and the Congressman, the President and the Speaker shall invite American Samoa’s Delegate to the United States House of Representatives to appear before the Legislature and give an address on Federal-Territorial issues.