Locals protest state law banning slot machines
DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Dozen of small business owners and employees gathered outside the offices of State Representative Carlos Trujillo to protest against a state law he sponsored prohibiting gaming machines.
Tuesday morning, protesters argued large companies like Disney and Universal Studios are allowed to have gaming machines but smaller companies have been prohibited by a law passed in March.
They say the playing field is not equal. "Our arcades can hardly even operate. Many operators have had to shut down because that law is so ridiculous," said Florida Arcade and Bingo Association President Gale Fontaine. "If you were to call the attorney general's office and ask how to enforce that law, they'd tell you they have no clue."
Several lawyers have filed lawsuits against the State of Florida for favoritism and the inaction of the police with large companies that maintain active gaming machines with similar codes.
Many protesters are questioning why the law is not enforced in the rest of the state.
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