July 31, 2019
A. Call to Order
Vice Chairman Joseph Reyes called the meeting to order at 10: 10 am on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Conference Room located on the 21\d Floor of the Commission's main office at the Springs Plaza in Gualo Rai, Saipan.
B. Roll Call
Commissioners present at the meeting were: Joseph C. Reyes (Vice Chairman), Ramon M. Dela Cruz (Secretary) and Diego M. Songao (Public Affairs/Media Relations). The Vice Chairman noted that Chairman Juan M. Sablan and Treasurer Alvaro A. Santos were excused for the morning session and will be joining the meeting later in the day.
C. Adoption of Agenda
Commissioner Dela Cruz made a motion to adopt the agenda, seconded by Commissioner Songao. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
Vice Chairman Reyes announced that the Chairman's report will be presented when the Chairman arrives in the afternoon.
D. Adoption of Minutes: June 27, 2019
Commissioner Dela Cruz made a motion to adopt the minutes of the June 27, 2019 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Songao. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
A. Report by the Chairman
Chairman Juan Sablan shared that over the last couple of weeks, Commission staff along with IPI have been meeting to review and discuss necessary changes to the regulations and the MICS. He asked Mr. Charlie Atalig, CCC Audit Manager, when the Commissioners can expect to review the recommended changes. Mr. Atalig replied that a comprehensive draft of the changes to the regulations may be available before the next Commission meeting.
The Chairman shared that the Commission submitted to the Attorney General a request for a legal opinion on what type of topics and information can be discussed in executive session. He noted that the Commission is awaiting a response from the AG on the matter.
The Chairman shared that he attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Imperial Casha project in Tanapag. He explained that the media had posted misleading information about the statement he made with regards to the rooms being counted towards the number of rooms required in the Casino License Agreement (CLA). The Chairman clarified that the statement he made to the media