Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo's chief of staff Frank Arriola says the Administration has yet to receive a copy of Bill 19 but has been watching the debate unfold at the Guam Legislature.
He says Bill 19 as it is provides only a short term fix to GMH's debt noting there are still long term challenges the legislature still needs to address. He adds the administration is concerned about the amendment to ban all forms of gambling after the hospital's debt considering the lack of input from all stakeholders.
He said, "They come back and say now we're going to outlaw all forms of games of chance, gambling, etcetera without the benefit of a public hearing. There are some good organizations out there such as the Pangasinan Community of Guam who holds their bingos, raffles for youth football and basketball etcetera 0211 so the Legislature is going to have to answer to that and address that."
He adds while the Calvo-Tenorio Administration has publically opposed gambling, he will recommend Governor Calvo to sign the measure into law.