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Jose 'Pedo' Terlaje: give games of chance a chance

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Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje is calling for support of his Bill 29, which would allow mayors to establish rules and regulations for games of chance at the liberation carnival.

Terlaje's measure is gaining more visibility after Vice Speaker Telena Nelson backed down on another bill that would've taken control of the carnival from island mayors and given it to the Guam Visitors Bureau.

Terlaje, a former mayor of Yona, said it's crucial to support village mayors.

"The mayors ar doing a lot of things," he said. "They put up canopies for whatever function. They pick up dead dogs, they bush cut along the roadways. They work Saturdays and Sundays without any compensation. I just feel for the mayors."

Terlaje was expected to hold an informational meeting on the bill this evening.
He called out the differences between casinos and games of chance, saying games of chance are the lesser of two evils.

"Nobody's gonna get addicted with a game of chance, nobody's gonna remain in that game of chance for 24 hours in a day," he told KUAM News. "We're only asking for once a year Liberation so that those that plays the game of chance enjoy. We have only one life to live enjoy if they wanna go in there and try their luck--hey so be it. And then people that doesn't agree with game of chance hey go and do something else at the liberation."

According to the senator, his bill stresses financial accountability of money raised from games of chance.

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