House looks at raising casino fine ceiling 16 times


The House of Representatives is going to look at increasing the maximum fine the Commonwealth Casino Commission could impose on the casino licensee after a bill that raised the ceiling was adopted.

The present ceiling of $50,000 is the maximum penalty the CCC could impose on Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC per violation.

The House Gaming Committee adapted Rep. Edwin K. Propst’s (Ind-Saipan) House Bill 20-50 last Tuesday. The bill seeks to raise the maximum penalty ceiling of $50,000 to $5 million. The committee lowered this to $800,000. The bill now goes to the House floor for a vote.

According to House Gaming Committee chair Rep. Joseph Deleon Guerrero (R-Saipan), the penalty ceiling would be the largest amount that could be imposed on a casino in the U.S.

“It is three times higher than any U.S. jurisdiction,” he said, adding that $5 million exceeds even Australia, Macau, and Singapore.

Deleon Guerrero said the $800,000 ceiling would “act as a deterrent.”

H.B. 20-50’s fines could be imposed on players, licensees, vendors, and even employees, said Deleon Guerrero.

CCC would be collecting the fines and enforcing the regulations.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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