Club 88

Customers are seen at Club 88 in Garapan on Thursday.

SO far, 1,100 individuals have signed an online petition against a local law that opponents say would shut down e-gaming businesses and put their employees out of work amid an economic downturn and the Covid-19 pandemic.

E-gaming operators MP Holdings LLC and Mariana Entertainment LLC said they were grateful and humbled by the support from the community.

MP Holdings general manager Bart Jackson said community members have also signed over 100 letters from residents and voters addressed to the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, "respectfully asking for the delegation to meet with e-gaming operators and to work with them on compromise amendments to S.L.L. 22-6."

The local law was passed unanimously by the delegation without assigning it to a committee for review or conducting a public hearing. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed it earlier this month.

On Friday, Jackson said they delivered copies of the petition and letters to the office of the Saipan delegation chairman, Senate Floor Leader Vinnie F. Sablan.

Jackson reiterated that they are respectfully asking for the lawmakers to amend S.L.L. 22-6 “to reduce the harsh effects of the double license fees.”

Jackson added, “We remain hopeful that we can reach a reasonable compromise with the Saipan delegation regarding an amendment to S.L.L. 22-6 that will allow us to remain economically viable and to keep our more than 70 local employees employed.”

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