The Finance Ministry has prepared a fresh amendment to the country’s lottery law aimed at allowing local councils to clamp down on automatic gaming machines and bars. The changes would allow councils to regulate the most modern video gaming machines as well as the traditional one armed bandit machines for which they already have powers. The ministry proposal calls for a maximum five year phase out period for lotteries and other games of chance so that investments can be recouped. A previous attempt to clamp down on the gaming industry failed when President Václav Klaus vetoed it in June. He argued many charities and associations would suffer from not receiving their share of gaming and lottery receipts.
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