Taiwan experts optimistic for casino bill this year, despite political stagnation

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceTaiwan’s long-awaited bill to legalize casinos remains mired in political limbo, though experts are optimistic it may still pass by the end of this year.The Tourist Casino Management Act, though considered a priority bill, has been stalled by a political stalemate on the island, including a series of student protests that effectively shut down parliament for a month earlier this year, putting most legislative decisions on hold.“There’s no real controversy over the bill,” said William Bryson, a partner at law firm Jones Day in Taiwan. “Neither of the two major parties are against it. It’s just because of a higher level of disagreements.”The bill was supposed to have been considered in a special summer session of parliament after having failed to get to the top of the stump in the regular session, but it has not been put on the agenda. However, there is hope...

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