The deadline is approaching for those Harris County business owners who have yet to register for a new law that could force their closure.
Alan Bernstein with the Harris County Sheriff’s office says there are 300 game rooms in their jurisdiction and only 7 have registered as required under Texas law.
Under the new regulations, game rooms housing six or more ‘eight-liner’ machines will be required to have a permit to operate, pay a $1,000 annual fee, close between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., and cannot require a membership for entry.
New game rooms must also be located at least 1,500 feet from schools, churches and residential neighborhoods.
Bernstein says the drop dead date to register is May 31 and from there investigators will hit the streets issuing citations for violators.