OCMA Holds Columbus Meeting; Corey Offers Legislative Update, Including Skill Game Regulations

Posted On: 6/20/2016

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COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio Coin Machine Association held its 42nd annual membership meeting in the Bullpen Suite at the Columbus Clippers baseball stadium early in June. The event drew more than 63 members from 29 companies for a day of business and an evening of baseball.

OCMA president Michael Zappa, Lorain Music (Crestline), called the meeting to order. After dealing with current association business, he introduced Amusement and Music Operators Association past-president Andy Shaffer, Shaffer Entertainment (Columbus), to deliver an update on the national association's activities.

Shaffer, who also is a past-president of OCMA, reported that this year's Amusement International Expo, held in Las Vegas in March, received high marks from showgoers and exhibitors alike. The 2017 staging of Amusement Expo is set for the Dallas from March 14 through 16. Shaffer added that the AMOA 2017 state councils meeting has been scheduled for January, with the dates and location to be announced.

 OCMAs annual meeting, Andy Shaffer, AMOA
NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE: Andy Shaffer (l.), Shaffer Entertainment (Columbus), an AMOA past-president, reports on national activities and plans for the year ahead at OAMA's annual meeting. Looking on at right is OCMA president Michael Zappa, Lorain Music (Crestline).

The association held its elections for the board of directors during the annual meeting. Chosen to serve three-year terms expiring in 2019 are David George, Bell Music (Akron); Patrick Webb, City Amusement (Portsmouth); Rodney Stebelton, Stebelton Music (Lancaster); and Shaffer's Andy Shaffer. OCMA officers will be elected at the July board meeting.

David Corey, executive vice-president of the association, presented a detailed legislative report addressing the many issues OCMA has been monitoring in the state capital. At the beginning of June, the Ohio Casino Control Commission released the first draft of its administrative rules for regulating skill-based amusement machines. During the annual meeting, elements of these draft rules were discussed and plans were made to provide written comments by the commission's deadline of June 10.

Other issues include new lottery games in bars, charity raffle machines, "no-chance" games and the sales tax on digital jukebox music, among other matters of concern to operators.

During the three-hour membership meeting, participants were able to view some of the latest equipment available in Ohio at a mini trade show. Following the annual membership meeting, members enjoyed watching the Clippers, an International League team, play the Indianapolis Indians. The Clippers won the 10-inning game by a 3-2 score.

The State Dart and Pool Tournament Charterholder meetings were held earlier in the day at the OCMA office here. Plans were made for the 28th Anniversary OCMA Dart Tournament, which will be held from March 31 through April 2, 2017, and the 36th Anniversary OCMA/VNEA Pool Tournament, which is set for May 4 through7, 2017. Both events will be held at the Canton Civic Center.

DOWN TO BUSINESS: State dart and pool tournament charterholders draw up plans for 28th Anniversary OCMA Dart Tournament (March 31-April 2) and 36th anniversary OCMA/VNEA Pool Tournament (May 4-7).