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Ban on machines at senior arcades challenged

TALLAHASSEE — The owners of two senior arcades in Broward County filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging Florida's new law that prohibits them from operating slots-like games.

Lawmakers banned the machines after federal and state investigations into Internet cafes resulted in the arrests of 57 people on racketeering and money laundering charges.

Legislators used the crackdown to target machines operated by adult arcades and Miami's maquinitas, which also operate slots-like games.

Boardwalk Brothers Inc. of Tamarac and Play It Again Florida of Davie say they were unfairly targeted and argue the language governing adult arcade games is "arbitrary, irrational and not reasonably related to a legitimate governmental purpose.''

The new requirements, which have forced dozens of the arcades to shut down, require the machines to operate using only coins, not dollar bills, and prohibit them from offering "gift cards or certificates" as prizes.

The arcade owners, represented by constitutional law expert Bruce Rogow and Michael Wolf of the Florida Arcades Association, argue that the ban has no legitimate definition.

Ban on machines at senior arcades challenged 04/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:44pm]
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