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Card Room Changes Proposed For Sacramento

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Tuesday night the Sacramento City Council will be asked to consider several changes to the  card room ordinance.

Brad Wasson with the City's Revenue Department says a card room would be required to go through a new permitting process if it moves into a new neighborhood.

"We had a problem where a card room relocated and some surrounding residents were concerned and we had a meeting.  But, it wasn't this formal public meeting and so they really didn't feel like their voices were heard in the appropriate forum."

Wasson says that wasn't the case when the Casino Royale relocated to Leisure Lane in 2012.

The Revenue Department is asking the council to approve an increase in the number of tables from 15-to-17 and to allow one person to own two card rooms.  

The new ordinance would also allow food and drink to be sold in the same room where people play cards.

The changes were requested a year-and-a-half ago by former City Councilman Kevin McCarty. It took ten months for the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Gambling Control to review and approve them.