History of LAMOA

Bob & Jeri Nims
Bob & Jeri Nims
Aubrey Brooks & Dale Fremin
Aubrey Brooks & Dale Fremin
Aubrey Brooks & Convention Panel
Aubrey Brooks and Convention Panel
Mona Lacombe, Jeri Nims, & UNO Representative
Mona LaCombe, Jeri Nims, & UNO Representative
Charles Pasqua & Aubrey Brooks
Charles Pasqua & Aubrey Brooks
Lou Gourgues
Lou Gourgues
Dale Fremin and Family
Dale Fremin and Family
Jim Pietrangelo & Tommie Brooks
Jim Pietrangelo & Tommie Brooks

The Louisiana Amusement and Music Operators Association, founded in 1982, represents the state's coin-operated amusement game and video poker operators. Extremely active, LAMOA is dedicated to improving the industry's image by pursuing legislation, supporting program initiatives, and working non-stop to promote a positive perception of the amusment game and video poker industry statewide.

Strength

Over the years, a strong-willed cadre of association leaders and LAMOA members spearheaded an effort to legalize video poker and give a needed boost to the industry. Their efforts  succeeded in creating a business climate that proved favorable to growth during a time when other, more traditional forms of video game entertainment were declining in popularity and thus, revenue.

Commitment

LAMOA's commitment to the industry played an important role in statewide elections. The association's message to voters echoed studies that touted the advantages of legalized video poker. These include much-needed revenue for state, parish, and municipal governments, as well as providing funds to the Louisiana State Police and district attorneys. Most important of all, it provides well-paying jobs for Louisiana's citizens.

Participation

LAMOA participated in a legislative study that was designed to help determine the newest trends and innovations in popular amusement and video games. To honor the memory of a well-respected industry leader, LAMOA participated in the founding of the Robert E. "Bob" Nims Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of New Orleans.

National Issues

LAMOA's staff carefully follows industry developments as well as the national legislative and policy-making activities of AMOA, the Amusement and Music Operators Association. Founded in 1948, AMOA is the industry's national trade organization. LAMOA regularly participates in AMOA's Council of Affiliated States meetings and functions.

State Issues

LAMOA has consistently opposed the imposition of smoking bans in Louisiana, utilizing valuable information gathered from other states' amusement and video gaming organizations as well as strategic alliances with other industries to combat these efforts in the legislative and policy arenas.

 LAMOA leaders and staff were active in providing information and data to Louisiana's regulatory authorities while in the process of drafting an official Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Central System. LAMOA is currently monitoring the upcoming ICIS-to-SAS transfer.