History of LAMOA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.