MINUTES
November 26, 2019

 

I. PRELIMINARIES:

A. Call to Order

Chairman Juan Sablan called the meeting to order at  10:15 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2019  at the Conference Room located on the znd Floor of the Commission's main office at the Springs Plaza in Gualo Rai, Saipan.

B. Roll Call

Commissioners present at the meeting were: Juan M. Sablan (Chairman), Joseph C. Reyes (Vice Chairman), Ramon M. Dela Cruz (Secretary), Alvaro A. Santos (Treasurer) and Diego M. Songao (Public Affairs/Media Relations)

C. Adoption of Agenda

Commissioner Dela Cruz made a motion to adopt the agenda, seconded by  Vice  Chairman Reyes. The motion was put   to  a vote and unanimously   approved.

D. Adoption of Minutes: October 30, 2019

Vice Chairman Reyes made a motion to adopt the minutes of the October 30, 2019 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Songao. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.

II. REPORTS:

A. Report by the Chairman

Chairman Sablan reported that he spoke with Rep. BJ Attao, Speaker of the House, on November 25, 2019 regarding the pending HB 21-11. The Speaker assured the Chairman that the House will have a meeting sometime next week to discuss the bill. The Chairman mentioned that there seems to be some confusion by the House Committee on Gaming as he was informed by the Speaker that they were awaiting the CCC's comments. He noted, however, that the CCC has nothing further to comment as they have already done so in the past. He also added that IPI was given an extension to submit their comments on the bill and that the deadline may have already passed. The Director shared that he received a copy of IPl's comments and suggested continuing further discussion on the matter under Old Business.

The Chairman brought up that there have been recent events particularly the FBl's investigation. He asked that Deputy Attorney General Lillian Tenorio give the Commission a brief update on the matter during executive session.

Chairman Sablan shared that during a recent meeting with IPI, the CCC asked for an update on the status of the financial statement being requested by the CCC. In that meeting, he  shared concern about a potential delay in the submission due to the recent FBI investigation. However, he announced that Mr. Ed Chen, IPI CFO, informed him that the investigation will  not hamper IPl's ability to submit the requested documents on or before the deadline. Commissioner Dela Cruz emphasized that it isimperative for Mr. Mark Brown, Chairman of IP1, to be present at all Commission meetings in order to keep the Commission well-informed.  He said it was unfortunate that Mr. Brown was absent for the meeting. Chairman Sablan suggested sending a letter to Mr. Brown to remind him that his presence at any and all future Commission meetings is mandatory.