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MAYORS have opted not to take a stand against the For-Profit Bingo Initiative, or Proposal “A.” Instead, the Mayors’ Council will establish a group that would go out to the senior citizen centers and explain the legislation.
Chalan Pågo/Ordot Mayor Jessy Gogue made the suggestion during the Mayors’ Council regular meeting yesterday morning. The senior citizen centers provide bingo games as one of their recreation games for the island's man'åmko'.
But Agaña Heights Mayor Paul McDonald said the bingo that goes on within the senior citizens centers are working. “So let’s leave it as is,” he said. If there’s a new law, McDonald said this may complicate things.
For his part, Yigo Mayor Bob Lizama said it would be best for the committee to hear both sides. He suggested that the parties involved also talk to the senior citizens. “Let them give a fair representation to the people of Guam,” Lizama said.
Yoña Mayor Pedo Terlaje said personally, he’s not supporting the bingo initiative. “I’m against the initiative. As I go up to the man'åmko' I will tell them the disadvantage of this initiative being passed. It’s going to impact [their] activities,” Terlaje said. He agreed with Lizama, however, that it would be best for a group to make a presentation.
The Mayors' Council then voted to formally establish the Mayors' Council Bingo Initiative Committee. Chairing the committee is Gogue.
Meanwhile, Ron Moroni, attorney for the proponents of Prop A, said he was asked to address the mayors’ concerns that the initiative would eliminate bingo games at the centers.
“It is very clear that the initiative would not affect any nonprofit bingo whatsoever,” Moroni said.
He added that as the general election gets closer, the proponents will be out to promote the initiative and answer questions anyone may have.
The general election is on Nov. 6, which is about five weeks away.