F’ville Council expected to come to the rescue of Chuck E. Cheese

The Fayetteville City Council Thursday night will take a look at what is being described as an unintended consequence of a state law enacted July 1. The council will hear the first reading of an ordinance that would allow a larger number of coin operated amusement machines in some restaurants than what the current law allows.

The issue centers around Senate Bill 454 that regulates and limits coin-operated amusement machines. The law became effective July 1.

“Apparently, this legislative decision had unintended consequences on several of our businesses,” said City Clerk Anne Barnard in a Sept. 20 memo.

Referencing the legislation, Barnard said Section 6(b) (2) states that “Except as authorized by a local ordinance, no business owner or operator shall offer more than nine class B bona fide coin operated amusement machines to the public for play in the same business location; provided, however, that this limitation shall not apply to an amusement or recreational establishment.”

This section impacts establishments such as Chuck E. Cheese that are classified as eating establishments rather than amusement or recreational establishments in the fact they have more than nine class B machines, Barnard said.

To rectify the situation, the council will consider an ordinance to allow dining facilities with seating of 40 or more to be able to have more than nine of these machines in operation, which would protect certain eating establishments/restaurants that might fall into this category, Barnard said.

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When Government Tells Me....

They're looking out for my "best interest", I get scared !!

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State Govt & COIN

Let's see. The State House is Repug. The Senate & former speaker Richardson, of course, are Repugs. The Lt. Gov. is a Repug. The Gov that signed the bill is a Repug. Looks like someone didn't pay the right people or know they should pay all the good anti-tax "conservative" politicians.

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Oh dear...my kids love Chuck

Oh dear...my kids love Chuck E Cheese .... they would be devastated if it was gone!! (although that is the ONLY time I go to Fayetteville).

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Cyclist - That's

the problem, the state (government) is into everthing. Every attempt to make something better leads to something worse.

The Law of Unintended Consequences - Adam Smith

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You are right PTC Observer.

The whole thing is just......well is just plain silly.

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Silly indeed

I'm curious about this mysterious SB 454....it seems that any quarter/token operated game that dispenses tickets that can then be redeemed for prizes had their annual permit fee quintupled from $25 per year to $125 per year.

So if I'm reading this correctly, the first 500 plays each year go to the State of Georgia.

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What the heck is wrong.....

with this picture. The state legislature passes this bill and is signed by the government and becomes law. Yet when this law is rolled out the locale government has to try to tweak it so that it doesn't disrupt local businesses and tax revenues.

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Isn't that kind of law (so many machines only) kinda like saying only serve two beers to anyone else they might drive drunk and the bar would go broke.

I don't care if Chuckey Cheese has one thousand stupid quarter machines or tickets, they still promote gambling, and a great waste of time.

Same with beer-----limit them at one place they will use four places!

Kids can even eat in bars with restaurants! Or is it restaurants with bars? And a game will destroy them?

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Courthouse: The name of the bill is...

SB 454 - Bingo; define certain terms; provide certain veterans organizations may sell certain pull tab games of chance.

Now somehow it affects businesses like Chuckey Cheese. I would like to tell you that it was the Demos that was responsible for this mess; but noooooo, it was two Repubs. You know, the libertarian party is starting to look better.

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No, the TEAS and the LIBS are simply republicans in disguise until voting day, then they all vote republican. (anyway them what vote). It keeps the crap out of the republican platform.

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