Odessa Passes Ordinance Requiring Gaming Rooms To Keep Doors Unlocked 9/24/13
September 24th, 2013
City officials tell CBS 7 the police have had their eye on game rooms for some time. These game rooms knew it as well.
"We had some of the operators locking our people out, when they were observing them coming up to monitor to see that they were being legal," City Attorney Larry Long said.
Now city council is making sure their doors remain open during business hours.
"It wasn't truly a public establishment and this is a concern because of discrimination. It is also a concern for safety and fire safety," said Andrea Goodson, the Public Information Officer for Odessa.
CBS 7's Lauren Lanmon went under cover in one of these game rooms last night. An employee told her they were locking their doors and only letting specific people in.
"If I know you, you're good," she said.
The question remains however, why not get rid of the gaming rooms all together? City Attorney Larry Long says they believe there is a place for legally operating game rooms in the community.
"The reason that they are not being put out is they are doing illegal activity, but we don't want to harm the ones that want to properly maintain a business," Long said.
Long said if these game rooms continue to have legal issues, the city would consider stricter regulations before banning them.