Slovenia’s move towards regulating online gambling services has been derailed, as the government’s proposed bill failed to secure parliamentary support.
Throughout 2017, policymakers had been working on the provisions of Slovenia’s first digital gambling framework, seeking to revamp 1995 industry laws.
Had the bill been approved by parliament, the Slovenian government would have moved to introduce a new licensing system and regulatory framework for sports betting and online casino services.
Industry news source legalgamblingandthelaw.com, reports that the bill was rejected 18-12 by the National Council Commission for Economy, Crafts, Tourism & Finance which forms the upper house of the Slovenian Parliament.
The bill will now be pushed back to the National Assembly, in which its backers will have to secure ‘more than two-thirds’ of the house’s approval in order to progress its mandate.
Slovenia’s online gambling bill has been primarily driven by MP Branko Zorman, who argues that the country’s 1995 laws are no longer fit for propose amid changing consumer habits towards preferring digital betting services.