Ohio Ops Tackle Issues

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Over 63 folks representing 29 coin-op firms gathered for the Ohio Coin Machine Association’s 42nd Annual Membership Meeting this week. The group met on June 8 in the Bullpen Suite at the Columbus Clippers baseball stadium. OCMA president Mike Zappa (Lorain Music, Crestline) started the meeting, going on to introduce AMOA past prexy (and fellow Ohioan) Andy Shaffer who updated attendees on AMOA events.

“The meeting went extremely well,” said OCMA EVP David Corey. “It’s always great to see a solid turnout, and everyone seemed to take away some important information as well as have a good time reconnecting.”

Several OCMA officers were elected (or reelected) to new terms, including David George (Bell Music, Akron); Patrick Webb (City Amusement, Portsmouth); Andy Shaffer (Shaffer Ent., Columbus); and Rod Stebelton (Stebelton Music, Lancaster). They’ll be officially sworn in at the July board meeting.

Finally, attendees were treated to a detailed legislative report of Ohio legal issues the association has been monitoring. Their Casino Control Commission (OCCC) recently released a draft of rules regarding skill-based amusement machine regulation, and during the meeting, many elements of the plan were dissected. The OCMA plans to offer written comment to the OCCC by today (June 10).

Other issues included new lottery games in bars, charity raffle machines, “no chance” games and sales tax on digital jukebox music. During the remainder of the three-hour event, members checked out the latest equipment during a mini trade show. Following the stuff, it was time for baseball with the Columbus Clippers beating the Indianapolis Indians 3-2 in a 10-inning game.

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