"When it comes to politics, MAMOA stands between the amusement industry and the political and legislative process," said MAMOA president Larry Bershtein, Capitol Amusement Co. (Laurel, MD). "MAMOA worked hard during the last legislative session, and continues to communicate our interests to state and municipal legislators, as well as monitoring and influencing regulations that affect us."
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A relatively new state association, MOMOA was established by a coalition of Maryland operators and distributors in early 2008 to defend the legitimate redemption market. A statewide ban on previously legal electronic bingo machines took effect on July 1, 2008, and at the same time some lawmakers were targeting gray-area games throughout the state. The new Maryland association sought to educate lawmakers about the industry to prevent prize-vending equipment from becoming illegal in any antigambling legislation. Additionally, Maryland levies some of the heaviest taxes and fees on amusement equipment.