Oct
19

Stupid laws: We are coming after you!

RASOR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO REPEAL ANOTHER “STUPID LAW,” REGULATING ARCADE GAMES AND PINBALL MACHINES

Stow – Council President Mike Rasor announced legislation to repeal a law that regulates arcade games and pinball machines in Stow.

“We have many problems in this nation, but Mrs. Pac-Man isn’t one,” Rasor said. “Stow’s arcade-game regulation is another stupid law, and we should immediately repeal it.”

Under Chapter 731 of the Stow Codified Ordinances, no one may install an arcade game, pinball machine, or skee-ball alley unless the City of Stow issues a permit, which can be denied if the mayor finds that the applicant does not have “good moral character.”

Even with a license, the City may dictate where the machine is located within the restaurant, bar, or arcade. No one under 16 may play, unless a parent is physically present.

“The city has no business telling people where to put pinball machines,” Rasor said, “and it’s nonsensical to prohibit a child from playing skee-ball unless a parent is standing over her shoulder.”

This is one of several so-called “stupid laws” that Rasor has proposed repealing in the past several months. In June, City Council unanimously repealed Chapter 713, which imposed strict, yet unconstitutional, requirements on charitable events. In September, City Council unanimously repealed a ban on ice-cream trucks. Most of these laws, including Chapter 731, were originally adopted several decades ago.

“You have to wonder what these politicians were thinking in the 1970’s,” Rasor said. “But we are going to keep un-doing their work.”

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