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Games of chance rules and regs lacked signatures, criteria

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The third time may be the charm for Games of Chance rules and regulations.

As reported, rules and regulations for Liberation carnival games of chance were sent by Adelup to the Legislature last Friday.

However, it lacked proper signatures, according to the office of Speaker Barnes.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s legal counsel Haig Hyunh signed off on the copy sent to senators Friday, but the rules and regulations were lacking signatures from the director of Revenue and Taxation, the Attorney General and a representative from the Mayor’s Council of Guam.

The game of chance law requires the director of Revenue and Taxation, the AG and the Mayor’s Council to approve rules and regs before they are sent to the Legislature.

After a second copy of the rules and regs - with the appropriate signatures - was sent to Barnes’ office on Monday, it was discovered the rules and regs did not meet several criteria laid out in Sen. James Moylan’s law.

The rules and regs sent Monday did not provide information on how the proceeds from games of chance would be split among villages, details on how minors will not be impacted, how mayors will spend proceeds from games of chance, projected revenues and maintenance plans.

Another copy of rules and regs addressing the previous copies’ shortcoming was sent to Barnes’ office late this morning, marking the third time Adelup sent them in a span of days.

“There is a public hearing on the submitted rules next week, and we look forward to asking the questions," Moylan said. "Ultimately the initial green signal to proceed will come from the legislature, so let’s see if they can address some of the unanswered questions.” 

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