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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