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City to look into Internet Sweepstake Cafes

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ALBANY (WALB) - Albany City commissioners say they'll take a hard look at Internet Sweepstakes Cafes to make sure if they open in the city. They operate under state guidelines.

Commissioner Roger Marietta brought up the issue with fellow commissioners Tuesday night.

Most weren't aware that K & A Internet Sweepstakes Cafe recently opened on North Slappey.

It's legal, but critics say the businesses operate under a loophole in the state's gaming law.

Marietta says he wants to make sure the establishments aren't ripping off the public.

"The staff has been directed tonight to research it. The city attorney is going to look into applicable laws. We're going to try and go with the GMA recommendations on how to regulate it within our own city," said Marietta.

Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would have regulated the businesses because he wants a tougher law.

Albany city commissioners say they'll discuss the matter at their next work session.