Gaming law public consultations attended by about 360 people

Some 359 people took part in the 45-day new gaming law revision public consultation sessions, the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) indicated.

The public consultation – which finished on October 29 – held a session reserved for gaming industry representatives on September 20 and sessions on four consecutive days for the general public between October 22, 23, 24 and 25.

During the sessions, a total of 73 people and association representatives took the floor, with participants in the consultation sessions including private citizens, representatives from gaming and junket operators, gaming sector workers, representatives of the social services sector, the legal sector, the education sector, associations, among others.

Residents could still submit their opinions to the department via letter or e-mail.

The consultation document identifies the main elements under consideration, namely, social responsibility; non-gaming development; strengthening government supervision and strengthening penalties for violations.

After the gaming law revision is complete authorities will have a maximum of 180 days to present a final report to the public, after which a draft will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly for further discussion.

The current concessions are set to expire in June 2022 but can still be extended. Under current law, Macau’s gaming concessions can each be extended by up to five years.