The change was made to comply with changes in state law focused primarily on video gambling either through coin-operated machines or in Internet cafes. However, the change could impact arcades and other business with coin-operated machines that pay out with tickets.
This change in city code allows for enforcement and imposition of penalties for violators, including revocation or suspension of alcohol licenses issued to the business where the machines are located.
The change defines bona fide coin-operated amusement machines, which includes pinball, video games, pool or billiards tables, skeeball, air hockey, foosball, and claw, crane or pusher machines. It does not include juke boxes, washing machines, pay phones, parking meters, cigarette vending machines, vending machines or gumball machines.
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