No lease of real property owned or controlled by the government which extends for a period of 10 years or longer may be effective until it has been submitted to the Fono, and not disapproved by a concurrent resolution duly adopted within 30 days of its submission. A special session may be called for the purpose of considering such leases.History: 1978, PL 15-69, readopted 1980. PL 16-88 § 1; 1982, PL 17-31 § 1.
Legislative veto provision does not violate American Samoa Constitution. Concurrent resolution given binding effect by law, is not itself a law. Tuika Tuika v. Governor of American Samoa.
4 ASR2d 85 (1987).
By making it easier for the legislature to supervise the quasi-legislative activities of the executive branch, a territorial statute providing for "“legislative veto" enhanced the diffusion of power among the different branches of government. A.S.C.A. § 37.2030. Tuika Tuika v. Governor of American Samoa, 4 A.S.R.2d 85 (1987).
Territorial statute requiring the Governor to submit to the Fono for possible disapproval any lease of land lasting over ten years was not legislation “affecting the powers of the Legislature” requiring the prior approval of the Secretary of the Interior. A.S.C.A. § 37.2030. American Samoa Government. Tuika Tuika, 6 A.S.R.2d 58 (1987).
Territorial statute providing for a “legislative veto” of leases of government land did not violate American Samoa Constitution. A.S.C.A. § 37.2030; Rev. Const’ of Am. Samoa art. II §§ 9 & 10. Tuika Tuika v. Governor of American Samoa, 4 A.S.R.2d 85 (1987).