Mayors want to adopt games of chance rules by May 15

The Mayors' Council of Guam is concerned that a drop in revenues for GovGuam would threaten funding that mayors rely on to support their mission.

Guam – Time is ticking and if nothing is done to move forward with the rules and regulations for the games of chance operations at the Carnival, placing bets this year may be out of the question.

May 15 is the deadline set by Mayor’s Council of Guam executive director Angel Sablan, to get the rules and regulations adopted in time for the start of the Carnival.

“When we had the public hearing for the rules and regs, both Jackie Marati and I asked what’s next? Do we come back and do another thing? Chairman Pedo (Sen. Jose “Pedo” Terlaje) said no, its just a review and see what happens whether they adopt it that was our understanding,” Sablan said.

“We didn’t know that it was going into bill form,” Sablan added.

Now that it has been introduced as a bill, the rules and regulations are subject to a public hearing. Sablan said that Terlaje will attempt gain a waiver of the public hearing.

Sablan said that the MCOG respects the process but time is a concern.

“There’s stuff in those rules that said the house of cards has to be fully enclosed and if we don’t do this until the end of May, I don’t think any vendor would have enough time to do construction or even find a building that they could bring over there that is really enclosed to operate on June 5th,” he said.

Sablan said while they have received inquiries about deadlines to operate games of chance, there are not that many vendors who have expressed interest in running the house of cards. Sablan said that he doesn’t believe that this is a delay tactic on the legislature’s part.

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