Guam – After the Guam Legislature approved the legislation for the 75th Liberation Day carnival games of chance rules on Wednesday, the governor has less than two weeks to review and take action or let the measure lapse into law.
The clock is ticking, as the Mayor’s Council of Guam anticipates May 15 as ample time to begin the process of securing vendors for games-of-chance and the house of cards.
As written in Bill 101-35, mayors have provided two vendor spots for the house of cards with minimum bids set at $250,000.
They are also looking at two vendors for the big and small, with a $20,000 minimum bid. Color games are at $7500 each for four vendor spots. Two spots are allocated for beto beto with a minimum bid of $5000 each, and $150 to $1000 dollars each for games requiring skill with 50 vendor spots provided.
Vendor selection is a sealed-bid process with successful bidders to be ranked and awarded in descending order.
The council projects revenue just under $600,000 – that is if all vendor slots are filled at minimum bid levels.
On NewsTalk K57’s Morning’s with Patti, the bill’s author, Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje shares why he continues to work with the Mayors Council to get games of chance back on carnival grounds.
“I think what we’re trying to do here is we just want people to enjoy the festivities (on) July 21st and we’re not pushing for any kind of gambling further than that. We’re just doing this for the liberation for 60 days and that’s it,” Terlaje said.
During Wednesday’s session, lawmakers went into a heated discussion before Bill 101 was put up for vote.
Terlaje encouraged his fellow lawmakers to pass the legislation.
“Sa puedi sina ta na ta chansa eyu siha na man mamaisen put mana guaha este na juegu machonic yu na mayor’s council na lek’hu pedo chogue fan este sa esta malilihu I tempo…Enao-ha hu fafaisen I mangachong hu para ta na’i chansa eyi na man malagu pargo eyu ti manmalagu to nesisario fan hugando.”
When roughly translated, Terlaje pleaded that the legislature give it (games a chance) to those who have asked for it.
“That’s all I’m asking my friends – to give a chance to those that want it, and for those who don’t want it, they don’t need to play. If Bill 101 is signed into law, July 21st would be the day that residents would be once again allowed to place their bets and play red or blue, but only for 60 days after the carnival’s opening,” he said.