Former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing is predicting the establishment of a national lottery and the legalization of web shops would be “cannibalistic”.
Topic: web shops
In the interest of transparency both parties should disclose their campaign donors so as to reveal whether candidates had accepted campaign donations from numbers houses.
Top business leaders are questioning the true potential of recycled money in web shops, while supporting regulation to stop the rise of an ‘underground economy’.
A bill for an act to amend the Constitutional Referendum Act was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday to introduce special provisions for the holding of referendums of a non-constitutional nature such as the approaching referendum on web shop gaming and a national lottery.
Former Attorney General Alfred Sears said yesterday Parliament must pass an amendment to the Constitutional Referendum Act or create a new law before the government goes ahead with its proposed web shop referendum next month.
The controversial referendum on the legalization of web shops has been postponed until January 28, 2013, and the question of establishing a national lottery will be added to the ballot.
Former Attorney General Alfred Sears said if it were up to him, the upcoming gambling referendum would ask Bahamians to vote on liberalizing the whole gaming sector, including casino gambling, and not just focus on web shops.
The opposition party also accused the prime minister of trying to “weasel out of the conundrum” by now declaring that the government is having an opinion poll and not a referendum.
An industry insider is speaking out about the “devastating” effects of gambling, having had years of first-hand experience observing countless tourists playing games of chance.