By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The island county of Penghu might hold a second referendum
early next year about the legalization of casinos after a local review committee approved a new proposal Friday.
A first referendum about the issue in 2009 saw a clear majority reject the idea of legalized gambling.
An alliance with support from the commercial, trade, tourism and travel sectors already started campaigning for a new referendum in March 2013, right after the three-year ban on another referendum on the same topic ended. By July of that year, the group had already collected at least 4,000 signatures which it submitted to the county referendum review committee, but the body did not succeeded in handling the case by the time its term ended late last year.
The new Democratic Progressive Party county government of County Magistrate Chen Kuang-fu approved the membership for the new committee, which on Friday approved the application from the alliance. [FULL STORY]