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CNMI Labor asks lawmakers to clarify temporary business license bill

THE CNMI Department of Labor is asking the House of Representatives for “additional clarity” regarding a measure that would allow the Department of Finance to issue temporary business licenses to businesses that participate in public or community events.

Authored by Rep. Sheila Babauta, House Bill 21-87, which is now with the House Ways and Means Committee, states that a temporary business license will be valid for not more than 30 consecutive days, is not transferable, and not subject for renewal.

The license fee will be established by regulation promulgated by the secretary of Finance.

But the bill also includes a provision applicable to garment manufacturing and involves the Department of Labor.

In her written comment, Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ivan Blanco that “a large of portion of the bill discusses the garment manufacturing industry which no longer has a presence in the CNMI.”

The last garment factory on Saipan closed in Jan. 2009. The island used to have 36 factories in the mid to late 1990s, generating annual revenue of up to $40 million for the CNMI government.