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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.
7:28AM
March
6, 2013

Owners, employees, and other backers of some of Ohio’s 800 internet cafes and sweepstakes stores defended their industry before state lawmakers on Tuesday.

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.
7:58AM
December
12, 2012

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. But the measure could resurface.

Legislature Expected To Move On Internet Cafe Reform

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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.
7:24AM
December
5, 2012

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.

Ohio Internet Cafes Due For More Regulation?

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Internet Cafe on Alum Creek Drive. A new state law puts a moratorium on so-called "sweepstakes" cafes. Critics say they're fronts for gambling, but proponents say customers are paying for time on the Internet.
5:00AM
June
20, 2012

After hearing complaints for years, state lawmakers are cracking down on so-called Internet cafes which critics say are nothing more than electronic casinos. WOSU went inside the cafes for a firsthand look.