Blocking casino referendums

Members of Taiwan’s ruling party have proposed the removal of the possibility of residents of outlying islands holding gaming referendums, according to website Gambling Insider.
Claiming public opinion is generally against gaming, four members of the country’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suggested the removal of an Article on the Offshore Island Development Act allowing Taiwan’s islands to vote for or against gaming development in the territories.
According to DPP member Lin Ching-yi, as cited by the publication, “gaming was not a concept supported either by popular opinion in Taiwan or by trends in the regional industry” and therefore holding referendums on the matter was a “waste of administrative resources.”
Although gaming is forbidden in Taiwan, in 2009 its parliament approved an amendment to the Offshore Islands Development Act allowing offshore islands to hold referendums on casino development.
Since then, residents of the Taiwanese Matsu Islands approved gaming development in a referendum in 2012, while residents on the island of Penghu vetoed casino development for the second time in seven years in 2016; residents on Kinsmen will possibly hold a referendum this year.
However, even if a referendum approves gaming development, the country’s parliament has yet to approve a Tourism Casino Administration Act that would effectively enforce regulations for the establishment and management of casinos.