Third public consultation session on gambling law canceled due to typhoon
After pandemic prevention measures resulted in the cancellation of two public consultation sessions, a third scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) was canceled due to Typhoon Kompasu.
Originally scheduled for October 13, on the 5th floor of the World Trade Center, Lotus Room, the session will now be rescheduled to another date and time “as soon as possible,” added the Bureau of Inspection and Coordination of Games (DICJ).
The 45-day public consultation on the new revision of the gaming law was launched on September 15 and is expected to last until October 29.
Only the first of four on-site public consultation sessions has taken place so far, a session reserved for gaming industry representatives on September 20.
Economy and Finance Secretary Lei Wai Nong previously indicated that authorities would not extend the scheduled 45-day public consultation for the future gambling law due to the recent pandemic disruption in the city.
The secretariat estimated that despite the cancellation of the on-site sessions, residents could still give their opinion to the service by mail or e-mail.
The consultation document identifies the main elements under consideration, namely, social responsibility; non-gaming development; strengthening government surveillance and strengthening penalties for violations.
Once the gaming law review is complete, authorities will have a maximum of 180 days to present a final report, after which a draft will be submitted to the Legislature for further discussion.
Current concessions expire in June 2022 but may still be extended. Under current law, Macau’s gaming concessions can each be extended for up to five years.