Judge Throws Out Suit Against Casinos And “Racinos”

New video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs. The "racino" is scheduled to open Friday afternoon.(Photo: Sam Hendren / WOSU)
New video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs. The "racino" is scheduled to open Friday afternoon.(Photo: Sam Hendren / WOSU)

A Franklin county judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Ohio’s new video slot machines and casinos, clearing the way for Scioto Downs to become the state’s first so-called “racino” this Friday.

The suit from the anti-gambling group The Ohio Roundtable and some private individuals challenged the constitutionality of expanded gambling. In his ruling, Judge Timothy Horton ruled the Roundtable did not have standing to sue.

Horton said the plaintiff offered little more than bare assertions of harm and injury.

State lawmakers passed legislation in 2009 and 2011 to add new sections governing the Ohio Lottery Commission, which oversees the new video lottery terminals. The Roundtable argued that putting VLTs under the lottery commission’s control exceeded the legislature’s authority.

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