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.