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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009, Posted On: 5/21/2009

Amendments To Nevada Bill Save Operators From Potentially Severe Fees

by Staff Reporter
Assembly Bill 146, AB146, Nevada, vending, vending operator, vending machine, vending routes, amusements, arcade, vending business, Doug Minter, Tip Top Amusements, John Oceguera

CARSON CITY, NV -- Nevada lawmakers on May 21 amended a state Assembly proposal that could have potentially imposed harsh fees on coin machine operations.

Included in Assembly Bill 146 is a provision that doubles the state’s business license fee from $100 to $200, and levies another $200 on each additional location belonging to a business. While the additional location fee was intended for chain stores like Starbucks, the bill’s broad language alarmed Nevada’s amusement and vending operators, who feared that the $200 charge could be applied to every location in which they operate.

Doug Minter of Tip Top Amusements (Carson), an operator of amusements and vending, said: “It’s possible that this measure could have affected any type of sales outside a business's main facility.”

Minter reports that lawmakers yesterday further amended the bill so that it is no longer a threat to vending-, amusement- and slot-route businesses. He said a coalition of businesses met with lawmakers to discuss their concerns.

Assembly Bill 146, sponsored by majority leader John Oceguera (D-Las Vegas), originally called for the creation of a high-tech business portal on the Web under the direction of the secretary of state. The idea behind the bill, introduced in February, is to provide a one-stop shop for businesses dealing with state agencies. It would be the first of its kind in the country.

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