Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Act 9-149 Signed as Public Law No. 9-143

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): April 18, 1997 - FSM Acting President Jacob Nena in an April 11, 1997, letter to Congress Speaker Jack Fritz informed Fritz that he has signed into law Congressional Act No. 9-149, designating it Public Law 9-143.

It appropriated $280,753, from the General Fund of the Federated States of Micronesia for Fiscal Year ending September 30, 1997, to settle outstanding medical bills in Houston, Texas, for FSM President Bailey Olter.

President Olter became ill and was hospitalized in mid-July in Pohnpei last year then was evacuated to Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he underwent a critical but successful brain operation. In October last year he was further referred to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (IRR) in Houston, Texas. President Olter was discharged from IRR and immediately flown on a U.S. Military Medical Flight to Pohnpei on February 25, 1997.

He is recuperating steadily since he first arrived home in Pohnpei, but he has not been able to resume his official duties.

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FSM Office of the President
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