Guam Senate passes bill to eventually ban gambling

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Senate has passed a bill to make all gambling in the U.S. territory illegal after it pays of debt for its financially troubled public hospital.

Pacific Daily News reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1abCpD1 ) that the Senate unanimously approved the bill, which allows some forms of gambling to continue until debt is paid for Guam Memorial Hospital.

The bill says all gambling would become illegal once the hospital pays off all of its roughly $18 million in vendor debt.

The hospital consistently loses money.

The bill comes after several days of vigorous debate on gambling machines.

A separate bill to tax gambling machines died last week after ongoing fighting between the attorney general's office, the tax department, machine owners and lawmakers on all sides of the issue.

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Information from: Pacific Daily News: http://www.guampdn.com

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