Leonel Cota Montaño Announced As Head Of Mexico Gaming Regulator

Olga Sanchez Cordero, Secretary of Governance of Mexico (SEGOB), announced the newly appointed Secretary-General of gambling supervisory department ‘Dirección General de Juegos y Sorteos’ (Games & Lotteries Mexico) as Leonel Cota Montaño.

Cota Montaño is the former governor of the state of Baja California Sur (1999-2005), a political veteran of the Labor Party (PT), and will assume the leadership of Mexican gaming regulatory affairs from March 2019.

SEGOB supervises the department of Direccion General de Juegos and is responsible for issuing the necessary permits to operate Mexican gambling and lottery concessions, working in collaboration with individual governments of the state.

Mexican gambling continues to operate within a fragmented framework in which SEGOB oversees federal laws but is charged with issuing provincial licences and taxation by individual state assemblies.

Despite the efforts of SEGOB, Mexico’s’ Federal Gaming Law’ was last revised in 2012, with the government simply adding specific slot machine regulatory provisions.

In 2019, the co-governing MORENA Party ministers introduced a draught bill to reform Mexico’s gambling system,’ transferring all gambling laws to the federal government.’

MORENA ministers stated in publishing their mandate that “provincial autonomy” on gambling taxation and tax collection had failed and had to be overseen by the authority of SEGOB.

Bolstering Mexico’s tax capacity was marked as the PT-MORENA coalition alliance’s core directive, which launched its flagship’ CoDi’ mandate in 2019 to support Mexican digital and business infrastructure.