TALLAHASSEE -- Owners of senior arcades officially filed an expected legal challenge to a new law that would potentially shutter the businesses throughout South Florida by outlawing any sort of computer game that mirrors a slot machine as well as many of their business practice.
The complaint, filed in Broward County on behalf of two arcades in Tamarac and Davie, says that the law is unclear and that the changes are “arbitrary, capricious and not rationally related to a legitimate governmental purpose.”
Legally, the arcades argue that the new law, signed by Scott earlier this month, does not define a crime and therefore should be overturned.
"The threat of criminal enforcement of statutory provisions that fail to define a criminal offense with sufficient definiteness that ordinary people can understand what conduct is prohibited and thus encourages arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement constitutes irreparable injury which is subject to injunctive to relief,” the lawsuit says.
Senior arcades have argued that they are not gambling establishments, but a social hall for senior citizens. But lawmakers opted not to exclude them from a measure they passed to try to shut down Internet cafes and maquinitas.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times