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Newark considering amending liquor law for video gaming

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30 p.m. CDT

The Newark Village Board is considering changes to their liquor license ordinance to allow the Newark BP to offer video gaming.

Currently the Newark BP has a Class B License to sell packaged liquor only.

Under state law, businesses that wish to offer video gaming to their patrons must hold liquor licenses that allow them to pour the beverages on site, such as at restaurants or taverns. The law also limits the number of video gaming machines a business can have to a maximum of five and the machines must be in a restrict area of the business. Entry to the restricted area is strictly controlled and monitored by multiple cameras. There are high fines for non-compliance, under the state law.

Mayor Jim Davis and one other board member travelled to other locations similar to Newark BP to view their set up and ask questions. Income from video gaming is also strictly controlled. A total of five percent of the revenues would go directly to the town.

There was only one public comment on this discussion. A person who was prepared to be against the proposal said he feels it is tightly controlled and may be good to have in town.

Attorney Boyd Ingemunson will prepare an amended ordinance to be presented and voted on at the May meeting.