9 Jul 2013

Guam senator introduces legislation to repeal gambling bill

9:31 pm on 9 July 2013

A Senator on Guam has introduced legislation to the Senate to repeal a controversial gambling bill, only hours after it passed into law.

Michael San Nicolas says he introduced the bill, known as Bill 149, following a community-wide outcry over the law's potential effects, which will ban gambling on the island once the Guam Memorial Hospital has paid off its debts.

The Pacific Daily News reports Mr San Nicolas saying the bill will ensure the activities of veterans, cockfighters, sports teams, non-profit organisations and Mayors will be able to continue.

He says the outcry over the new law has taught the island's leadership that they must be willing to respond to the people with clear action and correct their mistakes.