3 Oct 2011

CNMI governor says casino legislation unconstitutional

3:43 pm on 3 October 2011

The Northern Marianas governor, Benigno Fitial says he'll veto a local bill seeking to legalise casino gambling on Saipan because the measure is unconstitutional.

But the proponent of the legislation, Representative Froilan Tenorio, says the governor should just sign the bill and let somebody challenge it in court.

Mr Tenorio says the court is the right body to decide whether a bill is constitutional, and not the legislature or the executive branch.

Like Mr Fitial, the Senate believes legalising casino gaming through a local law is unconstitutional.

They say it should be a Commonwealth law.