Legislature Expected To Move On Internet Cafe Reform

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State lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)
State lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)

The clock is ticking toward the end of the Ohio legislature’s two-year session, and some lawmakers are rushing to complete work on a bill that could close down hundreds of store-fronts that call themselves sweepstakes cafes, or internet cafes.

The store’s critics call them illegal gambling, but the businesses also have their backers. Both sides appeared spoke before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Click the play button above for a full report from Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.

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