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JLO fees frozen
Alabama flouts law
ood news for AMOA member operators. For the first time in
several years, the Jukebox License Office (JLO) has D
espite the ruling from the Alabama State Supreme Court on November 13 that state
officials claims bans electronic bingo games as previously operated, new resorts are
announced that jukebox license fees will remain unchanged. Each running the games. The court said that games seized in a law enforcement raid operate
fall, the JLO releases it fees for the coming year. JLO Manager “almost exactly like slot machines.”
Katie Wilkinson has reported that the 2010 rates will be the same State Attorney General Troy King has warned of raids of electronic bingo operations
as the 2009 fees. would take place if the machines were not reconfigured to comply. However, so far, no
AMOA members will continue to receive a substantial per-box raids or seizures have taken place.
discount after they buy their first license. On the second and The Supreme Court decision requires that the games now involve more player participation
subsequent JLO licenses, association members pay $27 less per and winners must shout “bingo” when they win. Observers predict a clash between operators
box than nonmembers. and state officials over the question, which could mean a lawsuit will be filed.
In other music news, the music industry is celebrating 120 years
since the manufacture and installation of the first jukebox. In late
1889, Louis Glass installed his nickel-in-the-slot machine at the
Palais Royale Saloon, located in San Francisco.
The first prototype of the modern jukebox was modeled after a
Illinois unconcerned at vlt opt out
recording device developed by inventor Thomas Edison. It played
on a single wax cylinder. The resulting popularity created a
worldwide jukebox craze and the coin- operated music and
amusements industry, which led to the modern recorded music D
espite the number of local jurisdictions “opting out” of Illinois’ planned video lottery
market reaching 40, analysts with the Illinois state accounting officials claim they are not
industry. concerned. Their statistics show that this only reflects 10% of the state‘s population.
Historic sources say that Glass and his business partner William They have adjusted their projections accordingly, claiming they still expect to generate
S. Arnold developed the nickel-in-the-slot by attaching four between $288 million and $534 million in taxes a year from operator-run VLTs. They do
stethoscope-style “listening tubes” to an Edison Class M electric stipulate that these projections will remain stable if more than 80% of the state‘s population
phonograph. The phonograph was installed in an oak cabinet, and lives in those jurisdictions permitting VLTs.
they affixed a coin mechanism. Customers listened by putting the Of course, there are political concerns too. Both some politicians and many coin-op
tubes in their ears; there was no open-air broadcast of the members have expressed their fears that an increasing number of those municipalities opting
recordings. out of the program may threaten its profitability.
By the beginning of the 20th century, Glass was the most Racetrack owners have capitalized on this uncertainty in order to push for adding slot
famous operator in America, and made a speech at one of the machines to their locations. In response, Governor Pat Quinn has agreed that the state
earliest national operator’s conventions in Chicago. Understanding legislature should explore authorizing slots at racetracks.
the basic tenets of operating, Glass encouraged his fellow The program launch is at least one year away, due to a necessary timeframe for the Illinois
operators to maintain ownership of their popular machines, Gaming Board to create a central computer system, approve VLT machines and perform
warning them not to sell equipment directly to locations. background checks on industry members.
Obama looks out for
small businesses
or almost a year, small businesses in the U.S. have
complained that banks both large and small have not
been lending money to them. The Small Business
Administration claims more than half of the private sector
employers create 60% to 80% of all new jobs. The majority
of American amusement operators are small business
owners, and many have suffered economic setbacks because
of the unavailability of loans and ongoing credit.
In early December, President Barack Obama gave a
speech, outlining several measures intended to spur the
nation’s economic recovery through small and midsize
businesses. Among the proposals were tax cuts, elimination
of capital gains taxes for a year and redirecting funds left
over from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to
small businesses through loans.
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