Just hours after Gov. Rick Scott signed into law legislation that immediately outlawed machines operated by Internet cafes and senior arcades in Florida, more than 100 members of the Florida Arcades Association met in Pompano Beach with constitutional law expert Bruce Rogow and prepared to take the state to court.
"I think that there is probably no choice but to file a lawsuit," Rogow told the Associated Press after the 4 p.m. meeting called by Gale Fontaine, head of the arcades association.
Rogow said he believes that in their haste to give law enforcement additional tools to crackdown on illegal machines at Internet cafes throughout the state and maquinitas parlors in Miami, lawmakers also targeted arcade operators with vaguely-worded language that he considers arbitrary and irrational.
"It's not that they made these machines illegal; they just had to slow them down and hobble them,'' Rogow told the Herald/Times on Wednesday.
Rogow, an attorney based in Fort Lauderdale, said he believes there are several flaws in the law Florida lawmakers passed in reaction to the federal and state probe into Internet cafes operated by Allied Veterans of the World.