Casino legislation set for debate today
Legislation designed to further pave the way for casino gaming in Bermuda will be put before MPs today.
The Casino Gaming (Designated Site) Order 2016, Casino Gaming (Designated Site No 2) Order 2016 and Casino Gaming Amendment Act 2016 are scheduled to debated in the House of Assembly.
The latter Bill seeks to protect Bermuda's gaming industry from “corruption and bribery” and also ban politicians from involvement in the gaming industry for two years after they leave office.
The St George's Resort Amendment Act 2016 is also expected to be debated by MPs.
Meanwhile, the Bermuda Health Council Amendment Act 2016 is due to be tabled in the House of Assembly.
The reworked legislation has come under fire from some physicians for being too heavy-handed and unfairly targeted at physicians. They claim the council has not listened to their concerns about the Bill.
However council's chief executive, Tawanna Wedderburn, recently told The Royal Gazette that the council had listened and acted on concerns raised by physicians in formulating the amended legislation that goes before MPs on Monday.
“There have been several changes to the original Act as a result of feedback from physicians, specifically removing the need for doctors to get permission from the council to self refer,” she said.