Press Release #18
Palikir, POHNPEI. June 02, 2022 – During Plenary Session this morning, the 4th Constitutional Convention passed on First Reading Committee Proposals 4-06 and 4-07 after a lengthy deliberation. Both proposals had been deferred from March 13, 2020.
Committee Proposal 4-06 is seeking to amend section 6 of Article IX of the Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia to how the net revenue derived from the seabed and subsoil and other nonliving resources will be divided between the national government and state governments. The proposal clarify that revenue will be shared with the state or states for whose seabed or subsoil the minerals are extracted.
Committee Proposal 4-07 which seeks to amend section 6 of Article XI of the Federated States of Micronesia to provide that state courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over cases where an interest in land is at issue. It was the intent of the 1975 Convention that land issues be resolved by the state where the land is located. This proposal effectuates that intent.
Committee Proposals 4-06 and 4-07 will be heard on Second Reading on Friday June 03, 2022.