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.