Senators kill gambling resolution

Published  9:24 PM HST Apr 03, 2013

Gaming machines may be sticking around at Hawaii businesses after the state Senate Judiciary Committee killed a gambling resolution Wednesday.

The bill would have outlawed sweepstakes arcades by making it illegal to sell goods or services that allow people to gamble.

But that means the bill would have also outlawed many promotional contests, such as those at supermarkets and fast-food restaurants.

"If any one of these bills were to have been passed this year, as of July 1, we would have definitely closed our business down," said Tracy Yoshimura, owner of PJY Enterprises.

Senate Judiciary chair Clayton Hee said the resolution could come up again next year.

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