Guam legislators plan to close “loophole” Tiyan fairgrounds

On the US territory of Guam, a local lawmaker has reportedly proposed a law that would shut down weekend gambling practices at a Fairgrounds facility located close to the small community of Tiyan.

According to a report from local television station kuam-TV, the measure of Guam Senator Michael San Nicolas, known as Bill 29, will halt a system that allows local mayors to apply for temporary weekend permits to run a gambling party village where games like craps, blackjack , bingo and roulette along with Texas hold’em and poker has to offer.

Announcer reports that celebrations at the Old House Casino in Tiyan have long been held as a way to help local people celebrate their particular parties but the custom has recently drawn criticism from anti-gambling group Lina La Sin Casino, which last month named Guam Prosecutors Agung Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson and John Camacho, Director of the Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation, to start an investigation into the practice.

The Pacific Daily News newspaper reported that the nearby villages of Sinajana and Talafofo had been granted temporary permits to operate weekend gambling-related activities in October to celebrate their Saint Jude and San Miguel parties while the Agana Heights community held a similar casino event at the end. November and early December to mark her Our Lady Of the Blessed

“Tiyan casino’s year-round operation is a legal loophole that needs to be closed,” said San Nicolas Kuam-TV.

If passed, Bill 29 will see local people are only allowed to offer gambling within their own limits while Quam-TV reports that San Nicolas’ measure has been introduced after positive consultations with the Mayor’s Council Of Guam. The group’s executive director, Angel Sablan, explained that there is no intention of turning Tiyan into an all-year gambling hotspot but some mayors have chosen to use the facilities due to an alleged lack of suitable space in their own communities.

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