A bill was passed on Friday to ban the casino operations from the annual Liberation carnival and village fiestas. Freshman Sen. Telena Nelson, D-Dededo, who wrote the bill, thanked fellow lawmakers after the vote Friday afternoon. If passed, it would abolish a section of Guam Law that has allowed the Mayor’s Council of Guam and the Liberation Historical Society, a nonprofit group to run gambling activities during fairs and fiestas.
The governor has about 10 days to decide the fate of the bill.
The Mayors’ Council has opposed the measure, stating that Liberation activities rely on the revenue generated from the casino operations.
“Who is in control of the casino? We could never get a straight answer. Where are the detailed expenditure reports? Where are the documents indicating the taxation and revenue?” Nelson asked. “Little to nothing is known about the casinos.”
Nelson showed concerns over how the very little knowledge of how the casinos were managed during the annual Guam Island Fair Liberation Day Carnival while criticising the Mayors over the casino operations.