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Fireworks are already going off, months ahead of the Liberation Carnival. 

Mayors expressed frustration and disappointment that Sen. Telena Nelson did not consult with the village leaders before deciding the Guam Visitors Bureau should head the festivities.

Four senators, including Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje, Sen. James Moylan, Sen. Joe San Agustin and Sen. Will Castro attended the Mayors Council meeting Wednesday morning.

The four are sponsors of Bill 29, that if passed will allow games of chance at the fairgrounds.

President of the Mayors Council of Guam, Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said the decision by mayors is to continue to plan as if there is no disruption.

"We're moving forward with the weekly planning meetings for all aspects of Liberation, and if anything changes by law we'll readjust," she said. "Our survivors are dwindling in number, and we want to make the 75th Liberation a memorable one."

Meanwhile, in response to the mayors meeting, Nelson issued an open invitation to the council and to GVB to discuss her bill. But she also doubled down on her anti-gambling stance, cautioning the mayors.

"We need to honor the voice and will of the people," she said, who "have staunchly said no to gambling five times since 2000."

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