08 Feb '11, 12pm

Romanian witches may soon have to obtain a permit or face a fine/prison if their prediction turns out to be false.

BUCHAREST - LEGISLATION being debated in Romania would require witches to get a permit and make it possible to fine or even imprison one whose prediction turns out to be false. The draft bill has just started its way through Parliament in Romania, where witchcraft has been part of its culture for centuries. On Jan. 1, Romania changed its labour laws to officially recognise witchcraft as a profession, angering some witches. Vasile Bleotu, a Social Democrats lawmaker, said on Tuesday that the Senate passed the draft legislation last week but it still must be approved by a financial and labour committee and Romania's Chamber of Deputies. It also would require witches to provide their customers with receipts and bar them from practicing near schools and churches. -- AP

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