Guam – The Supreme court is expected to make a ruling on gaming machine licenses, answering once and for all if gaming devices are legal or not.
In a release from the Attorney General’s Office AG Leevin Camacho states, “the position of the Office of the Attorney General has not changed in the decade-long question of whether gaming devices are legal or not. The Office firmly maintains that gambling devices cannot and should not be licensed on Guam. We will continue to take whatever action is necessary to see that the law is upheld and gambling devices are not licensed.”
But the ultimate deciding authority is the Supreme Court of Guam which is overseeing the case involving the AG and the Department of Revenue and Taxation.
The case involves approximately 1,200 gaming devices which were licensed in 2008 allegedly in violation of Guam’s amusement devices licensing laws. The AG sued DRT to revoke the licenses which were revoked after a court order. Following this Guam Music Inc interverned and filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to have the gaming license re-issued. According to Camacho, the parties agreed to dismiss the two cases in 2012. The OAG believed that this meant the gambling devices would remain unlicensed because it is not legal to license gambling devices. DRT, however, then issued gaming machine licenses. In response, the OAG filed its current case arguing that DRT should be prohibited from issuing gaming machine licenses.
The Supreme court is expected to rule on two pending motions which deal with the merits of gaming regulations, Camacho says “this ruling will ultimately decide the validit of the gaming device regulations once and for all.”