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Thanks to Legislators Voting to Ban Sweepstakes Cafés

July 08, 2010

Municipal Officials Say Ban on Sweepstakes Cafés will Improve Public Safety
Raleigh, NC - The General Assembly's passage of a ban on Internet sweepstakes cafés is a strong measure to improve public safety in cities and towns across North Carolina, according to Brevard Council Member Rodney Locks, president of the N.C. League of Municipalities. Municipal officials strongly supported HB 80 - Ban Electronic Sweepstakes, which legislators enacted on July 7, and which Governor Beverly Perdue is expected to sign, perhaps as early as today.

“We supported the ban because we saw the problems, especially public safety problems, that have come up since the sweepstakes café  began proliferating,” said Locks. “We appreciate the leadership of Reps. Ray Rapp and Melanie Wade Goodwin, who were bill sponsors, and those who voted for the ban. We know that video gaming interests lobbied intensely against the ban, but we believe that the General Assembly has acted in a responsible manner, by closing the loophole in state laws that allowed the sweepstakes cafés to exist.”

Locks added that the cities and towns had attempted to enforce zoning regulations on the cafés but were concerned about their authority to regulate the cafés because of recent lawsuits and threats of litigation.

Said Locks: "Our consensus was that a ban was the best solution. We appreciate the legislators' vote to protect the safety of our citizens."

Posted on July 08, 2010 by Government Affairs Team