October 30, 2019
A. Call to Order
Chairman Juan Sablan called the meeting to order at 10:12 am on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Conference Room located on the 2nd 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 Commissioner Songao. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
D. Adoption of Minutes: September 26, 2019
Commissioner Santos made a motion to adopt the minutes of the September 26, 2019 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Songao. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
A. Report by the Chairman
Chairman Sablan reported that the Commission received a letter dated October 18, 2019 from Representative Ralph Yumul with an inquiry on IPl's compliance with the Community Benefit Fund. Representative Yumul, in the letter, asked that if payment has not been made, what steps have the Commission or the CNMI Lottery Commission taken to enforce the terms of Section 16 of the Casino License Agreement (CLA), and if none have been taken, he asked why not. The Chairman then shared that he and the Director are drafting a letter in response to Representative Yumul's inquiries. He noted that Commission had earlier this year in June drafted Commission Order 2019-004 which would require IPI to provide to the Commission certain financial information, and to update all its financial obligations to both the public and private vendors. However, he said the order was not adopted as the Commission instead decided to issue a letter to IPI with inquiries on IPl's ability to comply. The Chairman announced that to date, the Commission has not received a response from IPI to that letter. He noted that the deadline imposed by the Commission for IPI to respond is December 3, 2019. If a response is not received on that date, the Commission will have to revisit the order and take action in the December meeting.