Game on for casinos
Legislative regulations paving the way for casino gaming to be established in Bermuda was passed by MPs in the House of Assembly late on Monday night.
The Casino Gaming (General Reserve and Casino Taxes) Regulations 2017 along with the Casino Gaming (Casino Fees) Regulations 2017 were originally approved by MPs in February.
However, independent senator Jamie Jardine noticed errors in the terminology of the first set of regulations so they were sent back to the House of Assembly to be approved again.
Despite strong criticism of the proposed casino fees by independent MPs Shawn Crockwell and Mark Pettingill, the slightly amended regulations governing the general reserve and casino taxes were passed again.
In February, Mr Crockwell and Mr Pettingill launched a scathing attack on the regulations governing fees and on Monday night they reiterated their opposition to the fees which they claim are extortionately high and will deter casino operators.