COLORADO SENATE PASSES STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN
DENVER - The Colorado Senate on April 28 voted 21-12 for SB 2007, passing a statewide smoking ban that exempts bars, casinos and some restaurants with liquor licenses. After the vote some senators admitted they were confused about the bill's provisions and wanted to see its terms changed. The bill now goes to the House. The original sponsor hopes to pass a much tougher House version that will ban indoor smoking for any business with four or more workers, including bars.
U.S. HOUSE APPROVES REP. CASTLE'S DOLLAR COIN LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON, DC , The federal government appears ready to try again with a third dollar coin design concept, this one a series featuring U.S. presidents. On April 27 the U.S. House of Representatives voted 422-6 in favor of The Presidential $1 Coin Act, authored by Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.). The proposal is based on his similar, and notably successful, 50 state quarter legislation. If passed by the Senate, the law will require the U.S. Mint to issue four different dollar coin designs each year beginning in 2007, honoring presidents in order of service, from George Washington to (around 2018) Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea dollar coins will remain in circulation, as will the dollar bill. Experts predict the presidential coins will succeed mainly as collectors' items, but could also enjoy somewhat wider circulation than their predecessors.
AMOA-NDA SEES RECORD TURNOUT FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
LAS VEGAS , The National Dart Association, a body of the Amusement and Music Operators Association, today welcomed a record-breaking 16,600 sanctioned entrants to the opening day of its 20th annual Team Dart national tournament. The event runs through May 7 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. The 291 NDA operator members, known as charter holders, set another NDA record by putting up an unprecedented $450,000 purse for the event. Players compete in various categories of individual and team play, utilizing the latest electronic dart machines from Arachnid Inc., Medalist Corp. and Shelti Inc. The May issue of VT will profile the NDA, including coverage of its new STAR (State Tournament Attract and Retain) program, designed to help local operators launch state and regional dart tournament championships.
MERIT OFFERS PRICE-CUT INCENTIVES
BENSALEM, PA , Merit Industries has introduced two new deals on its latest touchscreen games for the U.S. and Canadian markets. With Fusion Fun Zone Frenzy, operators can knock $400 off the price of a fourth Megatouch "Fusion" or "FunZone" (including the "Junior" edition) with the purchase of three "Fusion" or "FunZone" models. In the Merit 100 deal, operators will receive $100 off any new Merit touchscreen game with the purchase of any two of the following games: "Elite Edge," "e.V.o." and "e.V.o. Wallette." Also, if a "Wallette" is purchased as one of the qualifying games, customers will receive a coupon for an additional $150 savings toward a future purchase of an "e.V.o. Wallette." Purchases must be made between April 25 and May 31. Coupons for the above-mentioned specials can be combined with one another and are good until July 15, 2005.
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