A Springfield Aldermen is raising questions about the intent of an ordinance that is meant to curb the number of gambling licensees issued by the city.
Springfield aldermen Cory Jobe and Frank Edwards have proposed an ordinance that would only provide video gaming licenses to businesses that make most of their revenue from food and alcohol sales.
During the 970 WMAY News Feed, Alderman Joe McMenamin says he agrees with the direction of the proposal but has concerns that would provide a monopoly for what he calls “fake taverns,” establishments that get a liquor licenses only for the potential of getting video gaming terminals.
Jobe says he put forth the ordinance because of concerns from restaurant and bar and grill owners, not gaming parlors. McMenanin says he wants to amend the ordinance to only allow 5 terminals, not 10, as is being floated by state lawmakers.
Aldermen are set to debate the proposals Tuesday during the Committee of the Whole.