Legislative Update IAMOA

A bi-weekly legislative update from the IAMOA and Indiana Coin Operators Political Action Committee (INCOINPAC).

The Indiana Amusement and Music Operators Association (IAMOA) is pleased to announce and welcome its new lobbyist, John Willey, principal of 19th Star State Solutions, LLC.

Willey brings more than 25 years of experience in lobbying, state and federal relations, crisis management, grassroots advocacy, campaign/political strategy and development of political action committees to this charge. Prior to his current role, Willey managed public affairs for Anthem, Inc., for more than 18 years, and spent two years as the executive director of the Indiana Republican Party.

As IAMOA lobbyist, Willey will work to further the association’s efforts to legalize video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Indiana. VGTs are electronic video gaming machines that can be paid to play or simulate a gambling game such as poker, line up and black jack. VGTs use a video display and award winning patrons with free games or credits that may be redeemed for cash. If legalized, VGTs can be placed in bars, truck stops, taverns and any additional licensed location.

VGTs have the power to generate millions of dollars in revenue which can be distributed locally and statewide. In neighboring states similar laws have stimulated the economy and generated nearly $550 million for small business owners in just a few years.

“Last year we raised awareness of VGTs through our promotional video, spotlight meetings and receptions around the state,” said IAMOA president, Jerry Wilson, PJ’s Entertainment & Video “I am excited to have John and the experience he brings as we push forward with our efforts, and strategize for the upcoming legislative session.”

Willey can be reached at lobbyist@IAMOA.org, for inquiries regarding these efforts.