Following last week’s speculation about the status of Curaçao’s National Ordinance for Games of Chance (LOK), iGB has conducted further research into the legislative process in Curaçao’s parliament.
Initial reports had mistakenly claimed that the LOK, a bill aimed at reforming the regulation of gambling in Curaçao, had been rejected by the region’s parliament. It should be noted that the LOK was only introduced to parliament last month and that Curaçao is currently operating under the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (NOOGH) legislation.
In response to the misinformation, Javier Silvania, Curaçao’s minister of finance, released a statement highlighting the issue of “misinformation” and clarified that the Curaçao Gaming Control Board’s (GCB) license issuing process remains unchanged.
In order to understand why the LOK was misreported as being rejected, it is necessary to examine the legislative process in Curaçao’s parliament. Before a law is submitted, draft legislation is sent to the Council of Advice, a constitutional advisory body. The Council provides advice to the government and parliament on draft laws and administrative measures. The Council’s response to the LOK, received on June 12, 2023, initially suggested that the law could not be presented to parliament. This response was then made public on January 3, 2024. However, the LOK was eventually revised and resubmitted to parliament in December, taking the Council’s suggestions into consideration. It’s worth noting that the entire response from the Council was likely included in the revised draft.
Aideen Shortt, advisor to the minister of finance, emphasized the importance of obtaining official information from credible sources. Shortt also expressed concern over the spread of misinformation, highlighting the dangers of believing unverified information.
The timeline and process for the submission of legislation to parliament involve several stages. The bill is first presented to a small group of MPs for assessment, followed by a presentation and debate where MPs can ask questions and make requests. After this, a second presentation and debate take place, considering the remarks from the first round. Only after this second round does the bill go to a vote by MPs.
It is important to recognize that the LOK has not been rejected, and the legislative process in Curaçao’s parliament is still ongoing. Reports of its rejection have been greatly exaggerated, and the bill has not yet been put to a vote. It is crucial to obtain information from reliable sources and avoid spreading misinformation.