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Saipan delegation panel endorses confirmation of casino commission nominees

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THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation’s Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee is endorsing the confirmation of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ three nominees to the Commonwealth Casino Commission.

The committee chairman, Rep. Joel Camacho, said in an interview that they made the decision following the public hearing on Monday.

The nominees are former Commonwealth Casino Commission Executive Director Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, former Speaker Ralph S. Demapan, and former Rep. Mario Taitano.

 

 The chairman of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation’s Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee, Rep. Joel Camacho, center, listens to Rep. Donald Manglona, left, back to the camera, during the committee meeting in the House chamber on Tuesday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

“We have recommended the confirmation of the three nominees and hopefully the delegation can act on the nominations soon,” Camacho said.

The copies of the committee report are being prepared and will be distributed soon to the Saipan delegation members so they can act on the nominations in their next session, most likely next week, he added.

Deleon Guerrero, Demapan and Taitano will fill the seats vacated by Juan M. Sablan, Alvaro Santos, and Jose C. Reyes whose six-year terms on the commission ended on April 30.

During the public hearing on Monday, the three nominees urged lawmakers and the members of the public to help the lone casino operator, Imperial Pacific International, succeed. They also vowed to make sure that IPI complies with the law, the regulations, and the provisions of the license agreement.

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