Alimony debtors in Latvia have heard not very pleasant news: gambling entertainment will be prohibited for them until they pay out all debts.
This new law has been recently considered and approved by the Saeima – the country’s parliament. However, the draft bill was welcomed only in the first reading. The second reading will take place on January 20, 2021, and will decide whether there is a place for this law in Latvia’s legislative system. The Commission for Human Rights and Public Affairs supports the bill, and there is a strong chance that the limitation will come into effect this spring.
Operators will need to check customers more thoroughly
If this legislation is enacted, gambling operators will need to conduct thorough checks to make sure that their users don’t have arrears to children. To do this, they will get data from the country’s register of debtors. The gambling regulator promises to make this procedure simple for license holders and provide them with all the necessary information.
Those gamblers who have debt will be prohibited from playing in casinos. It is expected that they won’t be able to spend money on such non-essential activity as gambling. The government has also imposed other restrictions for debtors, which will prevent them from investing in their hobbies or a certain type of vehicle.
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