Florida’s Family Amusement Game Act

CS/HB 641 clarifies Florida law to make sure arcade games like those found at bowling alleys and Chuck E. Cheese’s eateries won’t remain swept up in a law passed nearly a year ago that shut down Internet cafes and senior arcades.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, allows players to use several different types of currency — including coins, tokens or cards — to operate the game, a change from the measure passed last year, which said games must be coin-operated.

The bill:

•Authorizes amusement machines to be operated by coin, token, or swipe card.

•Updates the redemption value of points received for a single game played from 75 cents to $5.25.

•Increases the redemption value for claw-machine prizes to $52.50.

•Allows the amusement machines in bowling centers, hotels and restaurants.

Pending Governor Scott’s signature, the act is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015

 

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