Prague City Hall opposes looser rules on gambling

12-04-2010

Prague City Hall unanimously rejected plans for an amendment to the gambling legislation that should limit the ability of cities and towns to regulate gambling in their municipalities. The amendment is to be debated this week by the lower house of the Czech Parliament, after it was approved last week by the house’s budget committee. According to the mayors of Prague municipalities, the amendment will make it impossible for local authorities to determine where gambling machines and video lottery terminals can be positioned. Prague Mayor Pavel Bém said that if approved, the amendment would dramatically increase the number of gambling bars in the capital as well as other cities and towns. The claims were rejected by the Czech sports betting firms association which believes the new law would in fact give municipalities more power in regulating gambling.