Lawmakers Balk At Crackdown On Internet Cafes

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Some 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)
Some 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 senators have decided to block a House-passed proposal that would have regulated so-called internet cafes or sweepstakes stores so tightly, many might go out of business.

The blocking means that the measure is dead for this legislative session, but supporters and critics alike agree the issue will re-surface when a new legislature convenes next month. Click the play button above for more details from Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.

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