Pangelinan Introduces Bill to “Ensure Gambling Is Eliminated on Guam”

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Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan has announced that he has introduced a new measure that he says will “ensure that gambling is eliminated on Guam.”

In a release the Senator says that Bill #147 “would ensure that the recently passed Bill No. 19 that was transmitted to the Governor without Exhibit “A”, is rectified such that gaming, limited gaming, and gambling is eliminated on Guam.”

READ Bill #147 HERE

Pangelinan acknowledges that Bill 19, as transmitted to the Governor,  would “effectively legalize” gaming activities like  the recently licensed gaming machines which are under legal challenge by the Guam Attorney General which believes the machines are illegal gaming devices.

The Senator also blames “seven pro-gambling members” of the Legislature for successfully convincing “Acting Speaker BJ Cruz and Acting Secretary Tom Ada not to attach Exhibit A in the transmittal of Bill 19 to the Governor.”

The release quotes the Senator as saying he is “hopeful that the people of Guam’s overwhelming voice against gaming and gambling over the past five elections will have a much larger impact such that Bill No.147-32 (COR) will be also passed unanimously to  support this legislative remedy to the passed Bill 19.”

READ Senator Pangelinan’s release below:

PANGELINAN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ENSURE GAMBLING IS ELIMINATED ON GUAM

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE (June 27, 2013 – Hagåtña, GU) – Senator Vicente “ben” C. Pangelinan (D), Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Public Debt, Retirement, Legal Affairs, Public Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Land (Committee), has introduced Bill No. 147-32 (COR), which ensures that the recently passed Bill No. 19-32 (COR) that was transmitted to the Governor without an Exhibit, is rectified such that gaming, limited gaming, and gambling is eliminated on Guam.

Exhibit A, which listed the amounts owed by the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) to vendors was the catalyst from which all gaming, limited gaming, and gambling was to cease when such vendor payables listed in Exhibit A are paid. Excluding Exhibit A would effectively legalize these activities in perpetuity.

“The seven pro-gambling members of I Liheslaturan Guåhan successfully convinced Acting Speaker BJ Cruz and Acting Secretary Tom Ada not to attach Exhibit A in the transmittal of Bill 19 to the Governor,” explained Pangelinan. “Without Exhibit A, the current gaming, limited gaming, and gambling will continue in perpetuity which is what I believe was the intent of these Senators that have pressed for Bill 19 to be transmitted to the Governor without this exhibit. This was done despite the author’s request to the Acting Speaker to withhold transmittal and convene session to attach Exhibit A to Bill 19 as I had requested in a letter.”

Senator Pangelinan has requested the Acting Speaker to call the Legislature back into session to rectify this injustice that has occurred and consider Bill No.147-32 (COR). “Although the pressure has been placed on certain members of the Legislature by special interests, I am hopeful that the people of Guam’s overwhelming voice against gaming and gambling over the past five elections will have a much larger impact such that Bill No.147-32 (COR) will be also passed unanimously to  support this legislative remedy to the passed Bill 19,” concluded Pangelinan.