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Senate OKs bill to help curb gambling on video machines

A bill making it easier for police officers to prevent the use of video machines as gambling devices was given Senate approval on a 24-3 vote Thursday.

HB258 gives police officers the ability to cite private club owners by simply playing a video gaming device and determining it is used for gambling, avoiding months-long stakeouts."These machines are being used for gambling in any number of ways," Senate Majority Leader Craig Peterson, R-Orem, said during initial debate on the bill Wednesday. "It's not the type of activity we want to see in this state."

Some senators were concerned that video arcade games could be wrongly categorized as gambling devices under the language in the bill.