Games of chance rules delayed, submission lack signatures

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Guam – There seems to be a hold up in placing your bets, as the rules and regulations for games of chance at the Liberation Carnival was submitted incomplete.

The Governor’s  Office said they were made aware of the issues upon the submission of the draft rules and regulations. The first draft submitted on April 5 had missing signatures from the Office of the Attorney General, the Mayors’ Council of Guam, and Department Revenue and Taxation Director.

After it was resubmitted with the signatures included, the draft rules and regulations were found to be non-compliant with Public Law 35-4, according to the Governor’s Office. The statute authorizes the MCOG to establish rules and regulations related to games of chance at the Guam Island Fair and the Liberation Day Carnival.

While every effort was reportedly made in good faith to submit the draft to the Speaker’s office, the Governor”s chief of staff Tony Babauta said, “In our haste to deliver draft rules and regulations to bring back games of chance for the upcoming and future carnivals, we neglected to include portions that we had already discussed and agreed to between our administration and the mayor’s council.’

“We appreciate the patience of Speaker Tina Muña-Barnes’ office, and have been working more closely with her so that the Legislature has sufficient time to consider the proposal. I have apologized for our oversight and have assured Speaker Muña-Barnes that corrections will be made and submitted as soon as possible,” Babauta said.

The legislature has 30 days from the date of submission to review and adopt the rules and regulations.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.