AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION OUTLAWING POKER MACHINES

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 1, 2000 - PIDP/CPIS)---Governor Tauese Sunia has signed into law legislation that outlaws poker machines in American Samoa.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Muavaefaatasi Ae Ae Jr. and passed by the Fono last month, deletes a licensing provision that had allowed more than 250 poker machines to operate legally in the territory.

Signing the legislation into law this week, Governor Tauese said by deleting this provision, "this measure makes our statutes consistent with recent pronouncements of the High Court that declared poker machines illegal in the Territory."

"The legislation further clarifies a long-standing conflict with our anti-gambling law," said the Governor.

More than 300 poker machines are now in the possession of the government awaiting disposition.

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