Saipan anti-casino petition gets 3,000 signatures

    A petition to gain enough signatures to force a referendum on Saipan’s decision to legalize casinos has garnered 3,000 names and has been submitted to the Attorney General’s office, local media said.
    The petition needed the signatures of at least 20 percent of qualified voters, or 3,600 signatures. However, campaigners said they can still submit more signatures on or before July 6 and they are confident of gaining the required amount.
    If certified, a referendum on the repeal of the Saipan casino law will be placed on the ballot this November, and it will be passed if supported by a majority of voters.
    Two casino companies are currently vying for a casino license to build a $2 billion resort on the island. Marianas Stars Entertainment and Best Sunshine International have submitted $30 million initial deposits after the government moved to legalize casinos on Saipan.