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Does city bill banning simulated gambling devices go too far?

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

With eight 'yes' votes and one 'no', Honolulu city council members advanced Bill 30 to committee.

The bill would expand restrictions to 'simulated gambling devices' which could include video poker games and other video machines as well as raffles and contests.

"It might make illegal some of the simple kids games," says Roger Morey.

"Why do good people and families that enjoy these fun entertainment businesses have to suffer?" said Kaulana Young, who testified against the bill Wednesday afternoon.

Young said recent raids on game rooms and the arrests of nine people in a city indictment proves that current laws are sufficient.  A federal judge also ruled against the sweepstakes machines that have been seized by Honolulu Police in recent years.  

But the author of Bill 30, Councilman Joey Manahan says the ruling is only limited to the sweepstakes machines and thinks more devices need to be covered.

Many of the council members had reservations about the bill and agreed that they need to discuss the bill further.  

 

 

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