Amendments likely on city amusement device bill

The Baltimore Sun

A bill that could drastically increase the number of video poker games, pool tables and other amusement devices in Baltimore bars and convenience stores has been sent back to committee for amendments.

City Councilman Robert W. Curran asked that the legislation be remanded to the Land Use and Transportation Committee on Monday.

In a memo obtained by The Sun, Curran said he wanted the committee to add amendments that would increase licensing fees for the games. The bill was amended once before to increase such fees from $180 to $350.

It was unclear what fee increases Curran has in mind, but his memo states that amendments to the bill would remove an existing tax on the devices and increase the licensing fee.

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