PROPOSED TAX ON GAMING BUSINESSES

CCC wants time to review legislation

The Commonwealth Casino Commission wants more time to talk about a bill that proposes a 10% gambling revenue tax on all gambling establishments on Saipan, including the Imperial Pacific International (Saipan) LLC’s casino.

CCC board chair Juan M. Sablan said Thursday that they just got a copy of House Local Bill 21-23 and that he asked the other commissioners and CCC members to review the legislation.

Sablan said one commissioner, in fact, recommended that they be given an extension to look into it and reply.

Sablan said he himself has no position on the bill yet.

“I have to get the entire commission’s position. One guy does not represent the entire commission. We have to get the majority,” he said.

Acting CCC executive director Charlie O. Atalig said they did get a letter from the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation asking for their input and recommendations on House Local Bill 21-33.

Atalig said they will go through with the legislation, give their internal feedback, compile it in a letter, then submit it to the Legislature.

Rep. Tina Sablan (Ind-Saipan), who introduced the legislation, earlier stated that the local delegation is authorized to impose gambling revenue taxes on top of any other Commonwealth taxes that a gaming establishment is required to pay.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com
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