Bill To Shut Down Internet Cafés Sweeps Through Ohio House

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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)

Ohio’s 800 storefronts that call themselves internet cafes or sweepstakes have just suffered a big setback: The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to shut down the stores as illegal gambling operations.

Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports there wasn’t much debate on the House floor over the merits of the crackdown, and it passed by a wide margin. Click the play button above to hear a full report.

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  • cosmonot1

    I’m not willing to do the research but from a cursory observation standpoint; the slightest hint of an alternative to the local casinos will meet with opposition. I suspect that someone looked at the revenue stream and envisioned all that could end up at the casinos. While that may not be realistic this matter effects such a small demographic that it’s a layup.