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Bahamas: Committee formed to examine gaming laws

8 July 2009

BAHAMAS -- As reported by The Nassau Guardian: "A committee has been formed to comprehensively examine the country's gaming laws, and its members are expected to have recommendations completed by the end of next month, Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.

"The formation of the committee, which comprises tourism stakeholders and government officials, comes weeks after Bahamas Hotel Association president Robert Sands said the association supported a national lottery and the amendment of the gaming laws to allow foreign residents to gamble in casinos in The Bahamas.

"It also comes on the heels of a "favorable and good" meeting the BHA had with Vanderpool-Wallace to discuss the issue.

"However, the minister stressed that he could not say at this time whether the act would be amended to allow legal foreign residents to gamble in The Bahamas.

"...Bahamian citizens and legal residents are prohibited from gambling under the current law. However, foreign visitors are allowed to gamble..."

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