December 27, 2018
A. Call to Order
Chairman Juan M. Sablan called the meeting to order at 10:09 am on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library (Technology Room) in Susupe, Saipan.
B. Roll Call
Commissioners present at the meeting were: Juan M. Sablan (Chairman), Joseph C. Reyes (Vice Chairman), Ray M. Dela Cruz (Secretary), Diego M. Songao (Public Affairs/Media Relations). Commissioner Alvaro A. Santos was absent because he was sick and was therefore excused by Chairman Sablan. Chairman Sablan noted that Ms. Lillian Tenorio, Deputy Attorney General, is present in the meeting in the place of Counsel Michael Ernest who was off island. He also mentioned that the Commission had invited representatives from DPW, BECQ and other agencies in hopes to hear directly from them on the progress of construction at the IPR facility. Vice Chairman Reyes noted that a notice of the meeting was also given to the Chairmen of both Committees on Gaming of the 20th CNMI Legislature. Acting Executive Director Charlie Atalig noted that a house leadership was scheduled the same day and time as the Commission's meeting, therefore, they will not be able to attend.
C. Adoption of Agenda
Vice Chairman Reyes moved for the adoption of the agenda, seconded by Commissioner Dela Cruz. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
D. Adoption of Minutes: November 15, 2018
Vice Chairman Reyes moved for the adoption of the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Dela Cruz. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
A. Report by the Chairman
Chairman Sablan shared that he and Legal Counsel Ernest had earlier met with Mark Brown, IPI Chairman and Ed Chen, IPI CFO, because Mr. Brown had already scheduled a vacation and would not be able to attend the December 27th Commission meeting. He noted that there was discussion with regards to the potential investors from Korea and the forthcoming agreement. More details will be shared in the executive session. The Chairman shared with everyone present that the House of Representatives has placed H.B. 20·82, HB1, SD1 on their December 28, 2018 house session agenda. The Chairman noted that he hopes the bill will pass without issue. He encouraged Commissioners and CCC key staff to appear at the session should Commission's December 27th meeting be wrapped up in one day. The Chairman advised the Commission members to review the CCC's multi-year report and submit their suggested changes. Ms. Ruth Ann Sakisat clarified that the Executive Director is still doing his review of the draft report, and that copies will be provided to the Commissioners once the Director completes his review. Commissioner Ray Dela Cruz mentioned that the Governor had signed into law the Citizen-Centric Report. He noted that in light of this new law, he recommends that the multi-year report be amended to comply with the new requirement. In this way, everything can be compiled and submitted in one report, he said. Vice Chairman Reyes noted that under P.L. 18-56, an annual report should be provided to the legislature. Commissioner Songao asked if the required annual report is for the fiscal year or the calendar year. Chairman Sablan confirmed that it is based on the fiscal year, and added that to his understanding there is also a deadline on the submission of annual reports to the legislature. The Chairman informed the Commissioners that CCC staff will be presenting an update on the activities of each division to the Commissioners, which is set for December 28th in the CCC Conference Room. However, he pointed out that this schedule is subject to change depending on the outcome of the house session in which HB 20-82, HB1, SD 1 will be entertained.