Internet Café Owners Fight Proposed Regulations

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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)

Owners, employees, and other backers of some of Ohio’s 820 internet cafes and sweepstakes stores defended their industry Tuesday at a legislative committee hearing on a proposal that aims to shut the businesses down.

Click the play button above to hear from café owners, and opponents who say they prey on the poor.

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