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  • The Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) has taken steps to heighten public and stakeholder knowledge about the new standards and regulations governing the gaming industry.
  • Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Communication and Research at BGLC, Jana Bent, said over the past year, there have been several publications on the amendments to the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act (BGLA).
  • These include a comprehensive handbook, easy to read booklet, and several brochures.

The Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) has taken steps to heighten public and stakeholder knowledge about the new standards and regulations governing the gaming industry.

Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Communication and Research at BGLC, Jana Bent, said over the past year, there have been several publications on the amendments to the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act (BGLA).

These include a comprehensive handbook, easy to read booklet, and several brochures.

“The publications have been created for persons in the legal fraternity or major corporations that are licensees, who need to know the exact letter of the law and the changes to the law,” Ms. Bent explained.

One of the main publications, the BGLA Amendments handbook, done in January 2015, was developed for persons, who are familiar with the law, but want to know the changes that have occurred.

“It is an easy to read guide with information on amendments to the Act, mainly for persons, who are in the gaming industry, who want to know about the changes they should be aware of, in order to conduct business within compliance,” Ms. Bent told JIS News.

Another publication within the last year is the Quick Guide booklet, which provides facts on fees and penalties, Government of Jamaica taxes, and (Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education (CHASE) Fund contributions for gaming industry licensees.

In addition, a number of brochures are now available as step-by-step guides on various aspects of the amendments to the BGLA.

“We have brochures on applying for a licence to operate gaming machines on prescribed premises, procedures for renewal of gaming machine licences and requirements and guidelines for prize competitions,” Ms. Bent informed.

The publications are available online via the BGLC’s website www.bglc.gov.jm or at the BGLC’s new location at 78CEF, Hagley Park Road.

Meanwhile, Ms. Bent said the information provided in the booklets and brochures will also be available at the 2nd Annual Gaming Industry Summit, scheduled for June 18 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The event is open to the public and stakeholders in the industry.

The BGLC is a statutory body established in 1975 under the provisions of the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Act to regulate and control the operations of betting and gaming and the conduct of lotteries in Jamaica.