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Maryland arcade owners oppose new rules for games

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJLA/AP) - Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against proposed state rules that would regulate and impose licensing fees on some of their games.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30. (Photo: Joce Sterman)

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission - which also regulates the state's casinos - has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.

Under the rules, gaming regulators could extend their reach into not only the state's arcades, but also restaurants and bowling alleys that offer games awarding prizes.

The proposed rules would not affect games like skee-ball where winners accumulate tickets that can be cashed in for prizes.

Arcade owners on the Ocean City Boardwalk are leading opposition to the rules, which they see as expensive and onerous.

In particular, they say popular claw-style arcade games that award prizes like iPad Minis and GoPro cameras would be affected.

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