Here’s a bit of good news for pinball fans who live in Kansas. It looks like your state legislators are poised to claw back some of the archaic laws that were passed during the 70s and 80s. When arcades and pins first started to take off, there was a lot of moral panic about their potential to corrupt the youth. In order to help “protect kids” from the influences of booze, dirty magazines and a little thing called pinball, the state of Kansas passed a law forbidding Pinball games, from going on location inside of liquor stores.
It’s hard to tell whose behind the drive to change the law, since arcade operators are exactly organized politically, but the result could mean that there will be more places to play pinball In Kansas, if they can get a majority to vote for the bill.
The only downside to this good news . . . the new law won’t go into place until 2020! This means residents will need to wait 6 more years before they’ll get to enjoy bumpering their way across a freshly waxed playfield at their local minimart. You can read the entire bill at the following link (warning .pdf), but the relevant text is quoted below.
“On or before June 30, 2020, if a retailer’s class C license is issued to a liquor store, then such licensee shall not furnish any entertainment in such premises or permit any pinball machine or game of skill or chance to be located in or on such premises.
(2) On and after July 1, 2020, a holder of a retailer’s class C license may furnish any entertainment in such premises or permit any pinball machine or game of skill or chance to be located in or on such premises.”