A resolution honoring Ohioan and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens has been approved by the U.S. Senate.
Revenues at Ohio’s four voter-approved gambling casinos is down 25 percent from last year’s.
About 450 people have asked to be banned from the four casinos in Ohio, where the state plans to spend more than $6 million by the end of this fiscal year to prevent and treat gambling addictions.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission says statewide casino revenues dropped last month by more than $3-million compared to December figures. State officials say the casinos are generating far less revenue than gambling supporters promised voters during the 2009 campaign that led to Ohio’s four casinos.
There appears to be movement in the Ohio legislature on a bill to effectively shut down hundreds of storefronts that advertise themselves as internet cafes or sweepstakes cafes.
The decision by Franklin County Judge Timothy Horton clears the way for a new video slot machine facility to open at Scioto Downs on Friday.
The Hollywood Casino in Toledo opens Tuesday, just two weeks after the state’s first casino opened to big crowds in downtown Cleveland.
The bill that cleared the Ohio House and Senate late Thursday sends at least $2 million to every “racino” city except Columbus.
Compromise continues to elude state lawmakers on a wide-ranging regulatory bill affecting Ohio casinos, racetrack slots and other forms of gambling.
The Hollywood Casino in Toledo will open in just over a week, but developers will be giving the media a preview of the $320 million casino on Monday.
A wide-ranging bill to bring order to Ohio’s gambling laws has cleared the state Senate.