NC Group Wants Perdue To Veto Sweepstakes Bill

Amusement machine owners are pleading with Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a measure that would extend a video poker machine ban in North Carolina to include computer-based sweepstakes games.

The Entertainment Group of North Carolina wrote Perdue on Friday asking her not to sign into law a bill approved by the General Assembly last week, saying thousands of people will lose their jobs. Perdue has indicated she will sign the bill.

The Entertainment Group includes video poker machine distributors before the Legislature banned them in 2006. This year's legislation applied to computer games popping up in Internet cafes and business service centers that look like video poker games.

The group wants the state to consider next year whether to revive the video gambling industry by the state regulating it and taxing it.

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  • by RW Location: Greenville on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:04 PM
    To TK (ENC)and it's still going to be your tax money that's supporting the welfare system whether the Sweepstakes stay open for business or not.
  • by William on Jul 17, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    I know this is a legit way to gamble, even if they outlaw the sweepstakes games people are going to gamble legal or illegal. The legal way the state gets tax money and if they don't they will lose millions in backdoor gambling. The people in NC that hope these games are outlawed are the Indian reservations because more people will come and all their profits are tax free. I think it sucks that the business owners got permission in these towns to operate and now that they are making some money the state wants to shut them down. I know this topic is talking about shutting down sweepstakes palors but, think this could be any business they could shut down, if the state or federal govt. wants something done it will be done. It's just another minor thing the govt. wants to stick their nose in. I think there is bigger fish to fry.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Jul 17, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    If they want her to veto the bill, all they've gotta do is come up with enough money. After all, we have the very best government money can buy. We all know that the secret to good government is large sums of money properly applied.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    This is the problem with this backwards state, still living in the past. Gambling is a wonderful tax revenue for the state and should be legalized. Instead we shun it due to invaild moral ideas of its evil because the bible claims that it is
  • by Matt Location: NC on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    OHH yea! Let's open the flood gates to all the people who want to gamble in the state. I got news for ya, the people who want to gamble in this state are the very ones your tax money goes to. That's right the ones who gamble are the ones who eat off of food stamps and actually have cash money left over to Pizz away on some pipe dream while they're getting high off of guess what, your tax money. The good news is they don't live long. The bad news is they're alot of them!
  • by tk Location: windsor on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM
    Gambling is gambling, but some of these people sit in the places all day and lose all of their money. With the lottery, it is not likely that you will spend your entire pay check on a number. I know too many poor people who spend their weekly checks in these places, and too many children who are going without because momma has spent all of her time and money in the "sweepstakes". If it can be regulated, then do it, but as it stands, it is horrible for families.
  • by tk Location: ENC on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM
    To: RW- Greenvile Yes, it is their money, but when they loose their money and apply for food stamps, medicaid,etc.; then it's MY MONEY that is being used to support them. My taxes are taken to support the welfare system and I wish for my taxes to be used more wisely. So, this is my business because it will end up costing me, a working tax paying citizen.
  • by RW Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:28 PM
    Why are people complaining about what other people are doing with "THEIR MONEY". Are yall paying those people bills? If they want to go to the "SWEEPSTAKES" it's their business. It's no difference than playing the "NC LOTTERY".
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 16, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    She will sign it. Bev knows what's best for those people even if they aren't smart enough to know. Part of the governor's job is to try to look after the mentally challenged and reduce the consequences of stupidity among the state's citizens.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    Video poker to me is more fun than scratching a lottery ticket, and I won more times too. Let it be NC video poker education gaming.
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