I've blogged previously about the American idea of casinos deducting any child support arrears from the winnings of their patrons. Well, now Missouri may ban 'deadbeat' parents who have a conviction for owing child support from even entering casinos in the state. Quite how such a law would work, I'm not sure. Would casinos have to do a police check on every patron before letting them in? Or would it just be that any convicted child support debtor found in a casino commits an offence?
I quite liked the idea of deducting arrears from winnings - at least that benefits the children. However, restricting the debtor's liberties in this way is unlikely to encourage them to cough up the money they owe. Still, I suppose the same could be said for disqualifying non-payers from driving over here, although driving is a rather more valuable liberty than the right to gamble.