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Feb. 2
, 2015
Reporting Coin-Op/FEC Industry News since 1974
New Orleans passes Smoke-Free Air Act
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the New Orleans Smoke-Free Air Act into law on Jan. 30. This is a citywide ban on smoking in public places including bars, hotels, and casinos (including Harrah's New Orleans Casino). The ban was passed by the City Council on Jan. 22; it will go into effect on April 22. The ban also applies to smoking e-cigarettes in those locations.

Proponents of the ban consider it a health issue that needed to be addressed; opponents anticipate a loss of revenue in these locations due to a reduction in customers. Since the state receives a share of revenue from the legalized video poker program, loss of revenue from locations in New Orleans with those machines would impact the state and the city.

In an article in The Times Picayune, the city's health director said New Orleans would look to other cities with similar laws to figure out how to enforce the ban. It was also stated that other cities in Louisiana may want to consider a similar ban.

An article in The New Orleans Advocate said, "The measure includes exemptions for existing cigar bars and hookah bars and would allow 'vaping' at existing e-cigarette retailers. Before the measure passed, council members backed off of restrictions that would have barred smoking in the patios or courtyards of bars or within 25 feet of businesses' doorways."

In 2007, the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act went into effect, prohibiting smoking in most public places and workplaces including restaurants with or without attached bars. Smoking was allowed in stand-alone bars and casinos but local governments retained the ability to expand smoke-free protections with local ordinances.
AMOA State Council Meeting
The Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA) Council of Affiliated States Meeting is taking place this week, Feb. 5-7, at the Double Tree Mission Valley in San Diego, Calif. The schedule of events includes an association management session, legislative update from Washington, state reports, special sessions on legislation and strategies for keeping state associations strong, factory panels providing the factory/supplier perspective, and more. For more information, visit (
Main Event selects North Fort Worth site for DFW expansion
Main Event Entertainment, which has 19 entertainment centers in five states, announces that its newest location in North Fort Worth will be the latest prototype to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The location on I-35W between North Tarrant Pkwy. and Heritage Trace Pkwy. will be the site of the Plano-based company's sixth center in the metroplex. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring with plans to open later this year.

"Our expansion in our home market of Dallas-Fort Worth is an important part of our growth plans, which include eight new center openings by June of 2016," said Main Event CEO Charlie Keegan. "As the pioneer of bowling-anchored entertainment, we are excited to bring our latest prototype to DFW. The new Fort Worth center will showcase our distinct 'Eat.Bowl.Play.' experience at its finest."

Main Event centers range from 48,000 to 75,000 square-feet. Attractions include more than 20 bowling lanes, multi-level laser tag arena, and gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery with more than 100 interactive and virtual games. Dining options feature a chef-inspired menu, specialty pizzas, and a full service bar. Main Event hosts corporate meetings, private parties, and special events. Main Event opened six centers in new and existing markets in 2014 and plans to open centers in Fort Worth, Kansas City, Phoenix, Chicago, Orlando, Tulsa, Memphis, and Albuquerque by June 2016. For more information, visit (
NAMA to offer Dental Vision Plus Plan
The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) will offer the NAMA Dental Vision Plus Plan to all NAMA member companies. This plan is provided in partnership with Careington International Corp. This member benefit is not insurance, it is an affordable plan that provides NAMA members access to discounts on dental care, vision care, LASIK vision correction, prescriptions, and more.

NAMA member companies will also receive access to board-certified physicians who can provide diagnoses and recommend treatment in non-emergency cases over the phone through Teledoc, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This valuable wellness program is available exclusively to NAMA member company employees. Member companies can choose to offer the NAMA Dental Vision Plus Plan to their employees, and employees can join the plan on a voluntary basis. For more information, visit (
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