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Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 10:35am

Macon Considers Gambling Restrictions

The city council in Macon is considering new regulations aimed at cracking down on video gambling.

Officials say the regulations would restrict "coin-operated amusement machines" including video poker.

The Telegraph reports that the ordinance was approved by a Macon City Council committee, and could come before the full council meeting for possible final approval on Sept. 18.

The ordinance would limit number of game machines businesses could have and mandate that they be in plain view of all customers -- not hidden in a back room. Businesses with such machines couldn't be within 100 yards of a church, alcohol-treatment center or housing authority property, or within 200 yards of a school.

Until this year the state prohibited cities from regulating the machines, but a new law allows some standards.