Armenian Lawmaker Calls for Blanket Ban on Gambling

2020年3月16日 at 上午3:13

ArmenianlawmakercallsforfullbanongamblingduringNationalAssemblydebateonpendingre-regulationofthenationsgamingandbettingindustries

Armeniashouldbangamblingaltogether,anMPsaidtodayduringtheongoingdebateonproposedamendmentstothenation’sgamblinglaw。

TheformerSovietrepublichasbeenlookingtoimplementsignificantchangesinthewaygamblingservicesareprovidedonitsterritorysinceitraisedtheminimumgamblingagefrom18to21earlierthisyear。

Underarecentlyintroducedbill,aimingtorevisethenation’sLawonLotteries,gamblingwillonlybepermittedinfourdesignatedareas,withthosebeingJermuk,Meghri,Sevan,andTsakhkadzor。

Themovewillaimtoboosttourisminsaidareasandimproveinfrastructurewhereneeded,whilereducingthenationwideproliferationofgambling。

WhilethemovehasalreadygainedquitesomemomentuminArmenia’sNationalAssembly,SamvelFarmanyan,anArmenianMPfromtheRepublicanPartyofArmenia,saidtodaythathebelievedgamingandbettingshouldbebannedaltogetherinhishomeland。

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Farmanyanwentontosaythathewasgenuinelysurprisedbythegovernment’spositiononthematter。

Tosupporthisstanceongambling,thepoliticiancitedprevioussociologicalstudiesontheissue,theresultsfromwhichhaveshownthatthepublicsupportedablanketbanongambling。

ImportantProvisionsintheNewGamblingBill

Ifapproved,thebillwillunleashsweepingreformsinthecountry’sgamblingindustry。

Thepieceoflegislationcontainsprovisionsthatwouldlimittheoperationofslotmachines,bettingshops,andothergamblingservicestotheabove-mentionedfourdesignatedareas。

TheproposedchangesintheArmenianLawonLotteriesalsoincludehigherfinesforanyonewhoviolatesthecountry’srulesandregulationsregardingtheprovisionofgambling。

Ifthebillpassesallthenecessarylegislativehurdles,itwillalsoimplementnewrulesonhowgamblingproductsareadvertisedinArmenia。

Allgambling-relatedadvertswillhavetotargetonlypeoplewhoareoflegalagetogamble。

Televisionandradioadvertisementswillonlybeallowedtoairbetween10pmand6am。

Therewillbeheftyfinesforthosewhofailtocomplywiththerules。

Theproposednewlegislationadditionallyincludesprovisionsthataimtolimittheactivitiesofforeigngamblingcompaniesontheterritoryofthecountry。

ReformsinArmenia’sexistinggamblinglawshavepreviouslybeenurgedbyPrimeMinisterNikolPashinyanwhohassaidthatabalancedsolutionwasneededandthattheproliferationofgamblingneedstobediscouraged。

Incommentsonthematter,theofficialhasalsoaddressedthegrowingnumberofgamblingdevicesandtheirimpactoncommunities,saying:

“Itisobviousthatthoseincomprehensibledevicesinstalledatgasstationsarethecauseofamajorproblemnotonlyinruralcommunities。

Itisaseriousproblem,andtheyjustneedtoberemoved。

Itiscrucialtoorganizethisprocesscarefullysothattheproblemissolvedinacomprehensivemanner。



ThePrimeMinisterhaspointedoutthatifgamblingindeedplaysanimportantroleinArmenia’seconomy,asthecaseseemstobe,thisisahugeproblemforacountrywithapovertyindexstandingat30%。

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