Measure to repeal statute preventing lawmakers’ employment at BSI offered


Rep. Antonio Sablan (Ind-Saipan) has authored a bill to repeal a section of the Saipan casino law that currently prevents lawmakers from the 18th Legislature and their immediate family from being employed by the Saipan casino and its affiliated companies for five years.

House Bill 19-195 repeals this section, or “Persons Ineligible for Employment,” in its entirety.

The Saipan casino law, ushering in Saipan’s new casino industry and licensee Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC was passed during the 18th Legislature.

The law currently provides that: “Members of the 18th CNMI Legislature and their immediate family…shall not be paid or receive any financial consideration nor shall they be retained as independent contractors or employed directly or indirectly by any casino licensed under this chapter in its current from or as amended, or by said casino’s affiliates or agents, for a period of five years beginning from the date of the issuance of the said casino’s license.”

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