|A new bill seeking to legalize casino gambling in Palau has been introduced despite previous opposition from President Tommy Remengesau.|
Senator Lucius Malsol says allowing casino gambling in Angaur state will earn money for the financially troubled Palau government.
Malsol's Senate Bill seeks to establish a Gaming Control Commission to license all gaming operators in the state.
It proposes to evaluate the gaming industry after five years to determine its beneficial and negative effects to Palau.
Malsol's bill disputes public concerns that casino gambling will result in more crimes in Palau.
President Remengesau last year rejected a similar bill endorsing gambling in his country saying it is an industry with questionable benefits to the economy and society.