The Utah House voted Tuesday to close a loophole that some Internet cafes have used to operate games of chance as long as it isn't their primary business which made some seem like casinos.
It voted 72-1 to pass, and send to the Senate, HB40 by Rep. Don Ipson, R-St. George. The measure would more tightly define what types of "fringe gambling" are banned, and which are not.
A few years ago, the Legislature enacted a bill to allow cities to prosecute and close Internet cafes that critics said were fronts for gambling. The cafes would technically sell computer time or phone cards, but cities said those items were used to play casino-style games to win sweepstakes or money.