RALEIGH, NC -- The General Assembly here will conclude its current session the first week of July without having passed a bill to tax and regulate sweepstakes videogames, said House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg Co.).
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One bill, offered by Rep. Bill Owens (D-Pasquotank Co.), would have taxed each sweepstakes location thousands of dollars a year, earmarking 85% of the revenue yield for public education.
The Owens bill also would have placed sweepstakes videogames under the purview of the North Carolina State Lottery Commission.
Of greatest concern to the industry, perhaps: the bill would have prohibited sweeps videogames in liquor-licensed locations. Operators in other parts of the country have said that any such ban would effectively cripple the market.
North Carolina is still waiting for a definitive ruling by the state Supreme Court on the constitutionality of an earlier law banning electronic sweepstakes.