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Clark County Commission:

Commissioners to take another shot at slot regulations

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Steve Marcus

Clark County Commissioners prepare to make an appointment tduring a county commission meeting at the Clark County Government Center Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Clark County commissioners will continue wrestling with how available to make slot machines at bars, convenience stores and other locations in neighborhoods throughout the valley when they meet Tuesday.

Commissioners will also vote to appoint a new member of University Medical Center’s governing board and consider whether to extend a production agreement for a reality television show revolving around the coroner’s office when they meet at 9:05 a.m. at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

Lots of slots

At their March 18 meeting, commissioners revived an issue they thought was settled in 2011 when they issued a three-month ban on any new business license applications for bars that feature slot machine gaming.

The move was meant to buy county staff time to sort out regulations for taverns with gaming licenses that allow them to have up to 15 slot machines. As part of regulations laid down in 2011 that required food and liquor service, gaming was meant to be only an “incidental” part of a tavern’s revenue.

Commissioners are concerned that dozens of slot parlors licensed as taverns that have sprung up across the valley in recent years are violating the spirit of the law by bringing in a majority of their revenue through gaming.

On Tuesday, commissioners will expand that discussion to include how it licenses locations that have five or fewer slot machines, which could affect a wide swath of businesses across the valley.

Doctor to help oversee UMC

When University Medical Center’s new governing board responsible for overseeing the hospital was put together late last year, special attention was given to make sure it included a doctor.

The first candidate was Dr. Anthony Marlon, who had led a previous version of the board in 2010. But concerns over a 1991 misdemeanor conviction ultimately led to Marlon withdrawing from consideration.

Since starting in January, the nine-person board has been down a member. That could change Tuesday when commissioners consider Dr. Donald Mackay to fill the vacancy.

Mackay is a retired orthopedic surgeon with more than 25 years experience practicing in Las Vegas.

If approved, Mackay will join the board responsible for finding ways to improve operations at the financially challenged public hospital.

Coroner-based reality show still alive

County commissioners first signed off on an inside look into the day-to-day operations of the offices of the county coroner and medical examiner in 2011.

After changes in production companies and other delays, no episodes of the television show have made it to air, but that hasn’t stopped producers from continuing to pursue the idea.

Commissioners will consider Tuesday whether to extend the agreement with NorthSouth Productions for another 12 months, allowing the company to continue filming at the Coroner’s Office.

The agreement would also allow the company to increase the number of episodes it can produce from 12 to 13.

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