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Bill to outlaw arcades with cash prizes passes committee 12-0

Author: Joey Bunch - March 16, 2018 - Updated: March 27, 2018

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An intense discussion of legal interpretation, voter intent and the state constitution by high-priced, well-known lawyers boiled down to a simple question Thursday: Do lawmakers think arcades that offer cash prizes constitute gambling? The answer was yes. House Bill 1234 passed the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee 12-0. The legislation fills in legal gaps left in a law banning "internet sweepstakes cafes" three years years ago that an El Paso County judge later was ruled constitutionally vague. The case ultimately could be decided by the state Supreme Court.

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Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.