Chapter 04 - Officers and Employees

Chapter 04 - Officers and Employees

2.0401 Election of officers—Oath required-First order of business.


(a) Elective officers of the Legislature must be elected by secret ballot, and by a majority of all the votes cast, at the opening of the Legislature. Before entering upon their duties, they shall take and subscribe the oath prescribed by the Constitution of American Samoa.

(b) Neither the Senate nor the House may transact any business, other than the election of officers, before such officers are elected.

2.0402 Senate elective officers.


The elective officers of the Senate must be a President of the Senate, who must be a member of that body, one secretary, and one sergeant-at-arms.

2.0403 House elective officers.


The elective officers of the House of Representatives must be a Speaker, who must be a member of that body, one chief clerk, and one sergeant-at-arms.

2.0404 Term and duties of Secretary of Senate and Clerk of the House.


(a) The Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the House serving at the close of a session shall remain in office until the meeting of the next legislative session, to act in their respective capacities until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

(b) It is the duty of the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the House to keep correct daily journals of the proceedings of the Senate and House respectively, to have the custody of all records, accounts and other papers committed to them, and to perform such other duties as are assigned them by the Senate or House respectively.

2.0405 Appointed officers—Compensation.


(a) The President of the Senate shall appoint 1 first assistant to the secretary, 1 bill clerk, 2 trained proofreaders, 2 pages, 2 messengers, 1 tape recorder operator, not more than 5 expert stenographers and typists, and 1 translator to assist the Senate and its various committees.

(b) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint 1 first assistant clerk, 1 bill clerk, 2 expert proofreaders, who shall be clerks of the committee on correction of the House journals, 2 pages, 2 messengers, 1 tape recorder operator, 1 mimeograph machine operator, who shall perform services for both the Senate and the House of Representatives, not more than 5 expert stenographers and typists, and 1 translator to assist the House and its various committees.

(c) If the persons appointed under subsections (a) and (b) of this section are unable to do the required work, the presiding officer of each House may appoint additional expert stenographers and typists sufficient to do the required work.

(d) The salaries of the appointed officers must be fixed by the appointing authority, but the total of all salaries may not in any event exceed the total amount budgeted for the purpose.

2.0406 Removal of officers and employees.


(a) Each branch of the Legislature may remove its elective officers and discharge its employees.

(b) In case of removal of an elective officer, the position shall be filled by secret ballot and by a majority of all the votes cast.