A bill that would crack down on 8-liner arcades has passed one legal hurdle in the Texas Legislature.
Senate Bill 1503 passed out of a Texas State Senate committee and is expected to head to the floor for debate.
The bill would require game room operators to register the machines with the Texas State Comptroller TMs Office.
Supporters say it would make it easier for law enforcement to inspect game rooms.
Senate Bill 1503 would also require disclosure of who is profiting from licensed eight-liners.
Under the bill, applicants for a game room license must provide the Comptroller the following information:
their name and address; the name and address of the game room; the name and address of the person who rents or leases the premises and the amount of rent paid; the name and address of the owner of the machines if the machines are rented; the number of machines; financial interest statements that include the name and address of any person in addition to the owner who has a financial interest in the operation of the machines; and a statement certifying that the machines will only be used in a legal manner
The Comptroller would be required to post on their website:
The game room license number The holder's name and address The names of those persons included on the financial interest statement Number of eight-liner machines on site
The bill would charge owners an annual licensing fee of $500 dollars and an application fee of $500 dollars
The first violation would cost $500 dollars per unregistered eight-liner machine but penalties will go up to $1,000 dollars per unregistered eight-liner machine for each subsequent violation.
The bill applies civil penalties for violations. The first violation would cost an owner $500 per unregistered eight-liner machine. The penalty goes up to $1000 per unregistered eight-liner machine for each subsequent violation.