The Subcommittee of Games and Draws in the Mexican House of Representatives has begun its exploration into over 700 licenses issued during the previous administration. When the work is through, Mexico could be on its way to a legal casino gaming industry.
A member of the subcommission, Gilberto Ojeda Camacho, told El Sol de Mexico, “We must have new rules according to the needs of the country… to make the tourist sector more productive.”
Current gaming legislation in Mexico dates back to 1947.
The coordinator of the legislative study group, Armando García Méndez, expects the subcommittee will look at revising 763 gaming licenses issued by the Department of the Interior during the administration of Vicente Fox.
“Seven hundred and sixty-three licenses were granted, but we don’t know if they were legal or illegal,” said García Méndez, according to América Multimedios.
The subcommittee is composed of 12 representatives from five political parties.
The Tourism Commission of the House of Representatives also will expand a new law dealing with games and draws to include the operation of casinos in various parts of the country, said Camacho. The subcommittee will look at the pros and cons of the industry to decide in which areas casinos would be better placed with an eye to economic development but also local synergy.
García Méndez said the subcommission will initiate meetings with officers from the government secretary, the health and economy secretary and specialists in the field. The goal is to have as much expert information as possible about games and draws, to design new legislation. He did not rule out a meeting with the former government secretary and current senator, Santiago Creel Miranda. An invitation will be issued and it will be up to the senator “if he wants to come or not,” he said.
García Méndez says now that the games and draws are part of the society they need to be regulated to avoid social problems.
“It is clear that some things will be permitted and others forbidden, such as slots in stores,
because they may create an addiction in children and youngsters.”