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County commission to consider slot-gaming locations — again


Justin M. Bowen

Cindy Clark plays a slot machine at Dotty’s near Eastern and Serene in Henderson on Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Clark County commissioners will continue wrestling with how available to make slot machines at bars, convenience stores and other locations 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 that would be centered on 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 last meeting, commissioners revived an issue they thought they settled in 2011 — this time issuing a three-month ban on new business license applications for bars that feature slot machine gaming.

The move will 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 adopted in 2011 that required food and liquor service, gaming was meant to be just an “incidental” part of a tavern's revenue.

Commissioners are concerned that dozens of slot parlors licensed as taverns that have sprung up 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, which 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, which is 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 a show about the day-to-day operations 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 producers continue to pursue the idea.

Commissioners will consider Tuesday whether to extend the agreement with NorthSouth Productions for 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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