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Push Back Against Betting & Gaming Legislation

Push Back Against Betting & Gaming Legislation

The legislation to allow parimutuel betting and gaming in specified areas in the Territory is moving forward.
Hon. Fahie while speaking in the December 13 sitting of the House of Assembly stated that there were some voices against the matter following the announcement.

The Premier said. “Gaming and Gambling legislation in specified areas …that [is] nearly done…I know some people groan and said well Lord why he going there.”

“It’s amazing in this country the money going out before our very eyes; and people telling you don’t do it, but everybody doing it. Might as well we make our money from it - well sah right in the heart of town. Man aint even hiding now,” the Premier added.

The legislation will allow cruise ships to remain in the Territory overnight; a move that is expected to improve the Territory’s night life. Additionally, it will enable the horse racing games at the Ellis Thomas Downs to have a legal betting component.

The announcement was made by His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert in the Speech from the Throne that was delivered on November 14 in the House of Assembly.

In his speech the Governor said, “Our government would put forward legislation to introduce and regulate the gaming and betting industry to provide for the establishment of the gambling, gaming and betting control commission.”

According to the Governor the Commission will examine the matters of betting and gambling to put together a more streamlined approach.

“The Commission will establish a licensing framework that would avert criminal or illegal activities. The gaming and betting industry will and among other areas cover sectors such horseracing and the cruise industry. These are areas that have not been structurally targeted to encourage revenue and employment,” the Governor said.
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