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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Amusement Machine Commission minutes and agenda, 1973-1987,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Amusement Machine Commission:

An Inventory of Amusement Machine Commission Minutes and Agenda at the Texas State Archives, 1973-1987



Overview

Creator: Texas Amusement Machine Commission.
Title: Amusement Machine Commission minutes and agenda
Dates: 1973-1987
Abstract: The Texas Amusement Machine Commission enforced the Vending Machine Regulatory Act of 1969 by collecting an annual occupational tax levied on owners of coin­operated machines, licensing the operation of these machines, and making rules and regulations for the enforcement and collection of revenues. Records of the commission consist of copies of minutes and agenda, and some support documentation (correspondence and reports), dating 1973-1987, that document the work accomplished by the commission at its meetings.
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Amusement Machine Commission was originally established in 1971 as the Texas Vending Commission, to enforce the Vending Machine Regulatory Act of 1969. The commission was composed of nine members: three ex officio members (or their representatives) - the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Consumer Credit Commissioner, and the attorney general - and six members appointed by the governor, with the concurrence of the Senate, for overlapping terms of six years. No more than three of the appointed members could be at the time of appointment, or have been at any other time, owners or operators of any coin­operated machine. An executive director was employed by the commission as its chief administrative officer. The commission was to collect an annual occupational tax levied on owners of coin­operated machines, license the operation of these machines, and make rules and regulations for the enforcement and collection of revenues. It could suspend licenses for a period of at least one year for violation of its rules. Regulations also required that owners of music, skill, or any pleasure coin­operated machines not have concurrent financial interests in, or unauthorized dealings with, businesses selling alcoholic beverages. The commission could initiate investigations and hearings and could take other necessary measures to enforce this prohibition, including the initiation of civil proceedings through the attorney general's office. The 1969 act was found unconstitutional, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court of Texas in June 1974. The appointed director claimed that unconstitutional provisions were deliberately written into the act. Even though its regulatory powers were wiped out by the court's decision, the commission was still retained. In 1978 it was renamed as the Texas Amusement Machine Commission and had twenty-two employees. In 1987 it was changed to a six person board with only three appointments by the governor and had twenty-five employees and a $780,000 budget. Although not due for sunset review until 1993, the commission was evidently abolished in 1988.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 5th edition (1978); and the article Texas Amusement Machine Commission by John G. Johnson, in The Handbook of Texas Online, accessed February 2012.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Amusement Machine Commission enforced the Vending Machine Regulatory Act of 1969 by collecting an annual occupational tax levied on owners of coin­operated machines, licensing the operation of these machines, and making rules and regulations for the enforcement and collection of revenues. Records of the commission consist of copies of minutes and agenda, and some support documentation (correspondence and reports), dating 1973-1987, that document the work accomplished by the commission at its meetings.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged in chronological order by State Archives staff.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas Vending Commission.
Subjects:
Gambling--Texas.
Coin operated machines--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Coin operated machines--1973-1987.
Agendas--Texas--Coin operated machines--1975, 1984-1987.
Correspondence--Texas--Coin operated machines--1973-1987.
Reports--Texas--Coin operated machines--1973-1987.
Functions:
Regulating coin operated machines.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
None.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Amusement Machine Commission minutes and agenda. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/228, 2006/090

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on August 5, 1998; and December 20, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Tony Black, January 2006

Editing of description by Rebecca Romanchuk, February 2012

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Amusement Machine Commission minutes and agenda, 1973-1987,
0.5 cubic ft.

Box
2006/090 Minutes, July 1973
Minutes, June 10, 1974
Executive Committee minutes, June 26, 1974
Minutes, November 6, 1974
Executive Committee minutes, November 26, 1974
Executive Committee minutes, December 1974
Executive Committee minutes, January 1975
Executive Committee minutes, May 1975
Minutes and agenda, June 1975
Executive Committee minutes, August 2, 1975
Minutes, August 25, 1975
Minutes, November 1975
Minutes, January 1976
Minutes, March 1976
Minutes, June 1976
Minutes, October 1976
Minutes, December 1976
Minutes, May 1977
Minutes, September 1977
Minutes, November 1977
Minutes, August 1978
Minutes, December 1978
Minutes, January 1979
Minutes, April 1979
Minutes, June 1979
Minutes, November 1979
Minutes, February 1980
Minutes, May 1980
Minutes, September 1980
Minutes, February 1981
Minutes, July 1981
Minutes, October 1981
Minutes, March 1982
Minutes, June 1982
Minutes, November 1982
Minutes, February 1983
Minutes, May 1983
Minutes, October 1983
Minutes, November 1983
Minutes, April 1984
Minutes and agenda, August 1984
Minutes and agenda, December 1984
Minutes and agenda, March 1985
Minutes and agenda, June 1985
Minutes and agenda, September 1985
Minutes and agenda, January 1986
Minutes and agenda, March 1986
Minutes and agenda, November 1986
Minutes and agenda, May 1987
Minutes and agenda, August 1987

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