You have likely seen them at local gas stations and convenience stores: Gaming machines that resemble Vegas-style slot machines.

And while a state law makes them legal in Texas, there has been no local ordinance that allows the city to regulate those machines, until now.

The Stephenville City Council is expected to pass an ordinance tonight that allows the city to more closely monitor “recreation and amusement machines.”

“We are not against them, we just want to make sure they are following the rules,” said Deputy City Administrator Jeremy Allen. “The machines are supposed to only give out prizes, but some places are paying out and they shouldn’t be.” 

The ordinance would allow game rooms to be inspected by city officials and only operate between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight. Violations of these and other rules outlined in the ordinance are subject to penalties.

In other business the council:

• Will hear an annual report on the hotel occupancy tax expenditures

• Consider contract with United Health Care for employee health insurance

• Hear on update on SEDA

• Hear update on eastside sewer project

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at City Hall.