Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
The group “Let Ohio Vote” now does not want Ohioans to vote on whether to allow slot machines at horse race tracks.
Monday’s state supreme court ruling has clouded a proposed Grove City downtown redevelopment project a little further.
A coalition of powerful business groups has thrown its support behind Gov. Ted Strickland’s embattled plan to expand gambling to balance the state budget. Restaurant owners, grocers and beer and wine wholesalers joined the Harness Horsemen’s Association on Thursday to back Strickland’s plan to allow slot machines at Ohio’s seven horse racing tracks.
More than 300 Ohioans who breed, feed, and race horses rallied at the statehouse in Columbus today, proclaiming that legalizing slot machines at race tracks was the best way to save their sinking industry in the Buckeye State. Correspondent Bill Cohen was there too. Here is his report.
The Ohio Senate followed the Ohio House Wednesday, in voting to outlaw tens of thousands of electronic gaming machines that operate a lot like slot machines and to ban cash prizes in other games that are based on skill.
Gambling critics are using radio commercials as part of an effort to convince state legislators not to move ahead with a plan to allow betting on video tape replays of old horse races.
People who go to Ohio race tracks will soon be allowed to place bets on video-taped races from decades ago, if state senators get their way. On a vote of 25 to 8, they approved a bill Wednesday authorizing the new twist on horserace betting, and they sent the measure to the Ohio House for more scrutiny.
The state attorney general says thousands of gambling machines cropping up across the state will be inspected to determine whether they are legal.
Columbus Mayor Coleman and Sen. Voinovich today jointly condemned the Learn and Earn ballot initiative. The measure would amend the state constitution to allow slot machines at the state’s seven race tracks. Minutes later, Cleveland’s mayor and a member of Congress spoke in favor of the plan.
Ohio voters may have a chance to approve or reject expanded gambling this November. If the ballot initiative passes, it would amend the state constitution to allow slot machines at the state’s horseracing tracks plus two locations in Cleveland. Proponents are marketing the idea as free college tuition. Critics say it’s merely another plan by racetrack owners to increase profits.