Govt defeated over moratorium on gambling outlets
Senate votes against executive over ban on new businesses05 September, 13:53
There is concern that the rapid spread of gambling outlets and Internet betting sites after liberalisations is causing a rise in addictions and huge hardship for the families of victims.
All forms of gambling in Italy have risen during the current recession, the country's longest in over two decades.
Economy Undersecretary Alberto Giorgetti said he would offer to give up his responsibilities for the gambling sector after the Upper House overwhelmingly rejected his call to vote against the motion. He said the content of the motion caused problems regarding the rights of gambling businesses and that a moratorium would produce a six-billion-euro hole in the State budget.