Legislators from the seven communities in danger of losing their casinos after 2015 have written the president of Chile demanding the casino law passed in 2005 be modified.
According to the 2005 legislation, only casinos opened with licenses approved at that time would be allowed to operate past 2015. Communities such as Viña del Mar, which has had a casino for over 70 years under special decree from the government, would be left without a casino-and the tax revenue it generates.
According to Yogonet, Representative Francisco Chahuán said, “This absolutely discriminatory situation has to be repaired, which passed unnoticed in the creation of the casino law-from 2005-and says that the current local casino tenders will just last until December 31, 2015, which is also applied to the councils of Arica, Iquique, Coquimbo, Pucón, Puerto Varas and Puerto Natales.”
Chahuán said that if the law is modified, a new bidding process will start to allocate new licenses to the affected councils.