2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 48-17-1 (2010)
TITLE 48 - REVENUE AND TAXATION
CHAPTER 17 - COIN OPERATED AMUSEMENT MACHINES
§ 48-17-1 - Definitions
As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Applicant" or "licensee" means owner as defined in this Code section including an owner's officers, directors, shareholders, individuals, members of any association or other entity not specified, and, when applicable in context, the business entity itself.
(2) "Bona fide coin operated amusement machine" means:
(A) Every machine of any kind or character used by the public to provide amusement or entertainment whose operation requires the payment of or the insertion of a coin, bill, other money, token, ticket, or similar object and the result of whose operation depends in whole or in part upon the skill of the player, whether or not it affords an award to a successful player pursuant to subsections (b) through (g) of Code Section 16-12-35, and which can be legally shipped interstate according to federal law. Examples of bona fide coin operated amusement machines include, but are expressly not limited to, the following:
(i) Pinball machines;
(ii) Console machines;
(iii) Video games;
(iv) Crane machines;
(v) Claw machines;
(vi) Pusher machines;
(vii) Bowling machines;
(viii) Novelty arcade games;
(ix) Foosball or table soccer machines;
(x) Miniature racetrack, football, or golf machines;
(xi) Target or shooting gallery machines;
(xii) Basketball machines;
(xiii) Shuffleboard games;
(xiv) Kiddie ride games;
(xv) Skeeball machines;
(xvi) Air hockey machines;
(xvii) Roll down machines;
(xviii) Trivia machines;
(xix) Laser games;
(xx) Simulator games;
(xxi) Virtual reality machines;
(xxii) Maze games;
(xxiii) Racing games;
(xxiv) Coin operated pool tables or coin operated billiard tables as defined in paragraph (3) of Code Section 43-8-1; and
(xxv) Any other similar amusement machine which can be legally operated in Georgia; and
(B) Every machine of any kind or character used by the public to provide music whose operation requires the payment of or the insertion of a coin, bill, other money, token, ticket, or similar object such as jukeboxes or other similar types of music machines.
The term "bona fide coin operated amusement machine" does not include the following:
(i) Coin operated washing machines or dryers;
(ii) Vending machines which for payment of money dispense products or services;
(iii) Gas and electric meters;
(iv) Pay telephones;
(v) Pay toilets;
(vi) Cigarette vending machines;
(vii) Coin operated scales;
(viii) Coin operated gumball machines;
(ix) Coin operated parking meters;
(x) Coin operated television sets which provide cable or network programming;
(xi) Coin operated massage beds; and
(xii) Machines which are not legally permitted to be operated in Georgia.
(2.1) "Business owner or business operator" means an owner or operator of a business where one or more bona fide coin operated amusement machines are available for commercial use and play by the public.
(2.2) "Class A machine" means a bona fide coin operated amusement machine that is not a Class B machine and:
(A) Provides no reward to a successful player; or
(B) Rewards a successful player with free replays or additional time to play.
(2.3) "Class B machine" means a bona fide coin operated amusement machine that rewards a successful player with any combination of items listed in subparagraphs (d)(1)(B) and (d)(1)(C) of Code Section 16-12-35.
(3) "Commissioner" means the state revenue commissioner.
(3.1) "Location license" means the initial and annually renewed license which every business owner or business operator must purchase and display in the location where one or more bona fide coin operated amusement machines are available for commercial use by the public for play in order to operate legally any such machine in this state.
(3.2) "Location license fee" means the fee paid to obtain the location license.
(4) "Master license" means the certificate which every owner of a bona fide coin operated amusement machine must purchase and display in the owner's or operator's place of business where the machine is located for commercial use by the public for play in order to legally operate the machine in the state.
(4.1) "Net receipts" means the entire amount of moneys received from the public for play of an amusement machine, minus the amount of expenses for noncash redemption of winnings from the amusement machine, and minus the amount of moneys refunded to the public for malfunction of the amusement machine.
(5) "Operator" means any person, individual, firm, company, association, corporation, or other business entity who exhibits, displays, or permits to be exhibited or displayed, in a place of business other than his own, any bona fide coin operated amusement machine in this state.
(6) "Owner" means any person, individual, firm, company, association, corporation, or other business entity owning any bona fide coin operated amusement machine in this state.
(7) "Permit fee" means the annual per machine charge which every owner of a bona fide coin operated amusement machine in commercial use must purchase and display in either the owner's or operator's place of business in order to legally operate the machine in the state.
(7.1) "Single play" or "one play" means the completion of a sequence of a game, or replay of a game, where the player receives a score and from the score the player can secure free replays, merchandise, points, tokens, vouchers, tickets, or other evidence of winnings as set forth in subsection (c) or (d) of Code Section 16-12-35. A player may, but is not required to, exchange a score for rewards permitted by subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D) of paragraph (d)(1) of Code Section 16-12-35 after each play.
(8) "Sticker" means the decal issued for every bona fide coin operated amusement machine to show proof of payment of the permit fee.
(9) "Slot machine or any simulation or variation thereof" means any contrivance which, for a consideration, affords the player an opportunity to obtain money or other thing of value, the award of which is determined solely by chance, whether or not a prize is automatically paid by the contrivance.
(10) "Successful player" means an individual who wins on one or more plays of a bona fide coin operated amusement machine.
(11) "Temporary location permit" means the permit which every business owner or business operator must purchase and display in the location where one or more bona fide coin operated amusement machines are available for commercial use by the public for play in order to operate legally the machine or machines in this state for seven days or less. Such temporary location permits shall be subject to the same regulations and conditions as location licenses.
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