ICMOA SOUNDS ALARM ON PROPOSED SMOKING BAN
SPRINGFIELD, IL -Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association has issued an urgent action bulletin calling for ICMOA members to contact their state legislators and lobby against House Bill 672 Senate Bill 254. Each house has passed its version of the bill and sent the measure on to the other chamber. If enacted, the measure will permit every city, village and town to ban smoking in public places including bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and other amusement locations. Adonna Jerman, executive director of ICMOA, warns: "It will be devastating to the industry in Illinois. The weather in this state isn't kind to outside smoking except for a few months. If this legislation is approved, you will be fighting a smoking ban in every city, town and village in this state. Fight it now and keep it from being approved'Each company must generate 25 calls in order to defeat this legislation. Illinois industry members can find their state senators and representatives online at http://www.elections.state.il.us/DLS/Pages/DLSAddressCrit.asp. ICMOA's Jerman can be contacted at (630) 369-3772 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN MONTANA, BARS GET FOUR YEARS TO PREPARE FOR SMOKING BAN
HELENA, MT , Montana became the 10th state to pass a statewide smoking ban in all public buildings. Lawmakers on April 7 approved the measure by a wide margin, and governor Brian Schweitzer said he'll sign it. The ban takes effect generally Oct. 1, 2005, but will not apply to the state's 1,700 bars and taverns until Oct. 1, 2009. Montana's American Heart Association agreed to the delay in bars, a spokesman said, in order to head off a competing bill that would have granted bars a permanent exemption.
SEGA MOVES ITS HEADQUARTERS TO ILLINOIS
CHICAGO , Sega Amusements U.S.A. has moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Chicago effective April 11. Sega's new HQ is located in Sammy USA's facility at 901 Cambridge Dr., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; Sega's telephone information is (888) 877-2669 or (847) 364-9787, fax (847) 364-9831. All purchase orders for Sega and/or Sammy products must be forwarded to Sega's new address and fax. Procedures for parts will remain as before; Sega's technical service department will remain in Fremont, CA, for the time being. More information can be had by calling Jim Miskell at (847) 364-9787 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
COAST TO COAST REPS SKEE-BALL ON EAST COAST; TAITO TAPS PHOENIX
Coast to Coast Entertainment will distribute Skee-Ball products along the East Coast, according to an announcement by both companies. Coast to Coast's Gary Balaban said his company is offering competitive leasing terms for the Skee-Ball amusement machine line, including 90-day, no-payment plans. Balaban added that Coast to Coast soon will be announcing representation of additional manufacturers' lines for the territory.
'Taito Corp. reports that it is integrating Phoenix Technologies' "Security Software Developer's Kit" into its "Type X" coin-operated video game platform. Taito officials said the new programming capability provides the "Type X" board, which is based on the Windows XP operating system, with enhanced security and expandability features at lower costs. Phoenix Technologies' security kit provides programmers with easy-to-use developer tools that enable the integration of device authentication into their applications.
DAVE & BUSTER'S PROFITABILITY UP
DALLAS , Dave & Buster's Inc. has reported better profits on "essentially flat" comparable store income for its 2004 fourth quarter and full year earnings figures. For the fourth quarter of 2004 (ended January 30, 2005) the company saw total revenues up 21.4% to $121.4 million with net income up 2.8% to $7.2 million, compared with the same quarter in 2003. The company said severe January snowstorms resulted in $2 million in lost revenues. For the fiscal year ended January 30, 2005, total revenue was $390.3 million compared with $362.8 million last year, a 7.6% increase. Food and beverage revenue increased 9.3% and amusement and other revenue increased 5.6% for the fiscal year. D&B's plans to open stores this year in Omaha, NE, Buffalo, NY, and Kansas City, KS.
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