Armenian Parliament Restricts Gambling Advertising – European Gaming Industry News
The Macau SAR government told the Legislative Assembly (LA) that the revised gaming bill would grant the chief executive the power to quickly terminate a concessionaire’s gaming license via an administrative order. if they were found to have violated national security laws.
Last Friday, the AL’s Second Standing Committee continued closed-door discussions with government officials on proposed amendments to Macau’s gambling law. According to the bill, if gambling operators endanger the state security of the Macau SAR, the chief executive could revoke their license without compensation.
The chairman of the second standing committee, Chan Chak Mo, told reporters after the meeting that the government wanted to speed up the process in such situations by avoiding having to go through legal proceedings.
“If state security and the SAR were at stake, the government would use the ‘Concept of Uncertainty’ rather than the ‘National Security Act’ to deal with it. However, the legal process (revocation of the gaming license) would be long and the [license term] might even more by then. Therefore, an administrative order would be a better option,” Chan said.
In such a scenario, the CEO should hear the opinions of the gaming regulator before making any final decision to revoke a casino license and provide sufficient explanation for doing so. The concessionaire concerned can also go to court.
According to Macao’s current national security law, which is also due for revision, criminal activities include treason, secession, sedition, subversion and theft of state secrets, among others.
Members of the Standing Committee accepted the government’s explanation, meaning the article will likely be included in the final gaming law.