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House bill would wipe out internet cafes
Bill passes house, now moves to state senate.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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An estimated 800 Ohio storefronts that advertise themselves as sweepstakes or internet cafes could soon shut down, if state senators okay a bill that state representatives have just approved. At least that’s what some backers of the measure are hoping. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on the house floor debate.

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Calling them fronts for illegal gambling in disguise, the state house passed a bill that puts limits on these for-profit storefronts.

The sponsor, Matt Huffman, says outlawing cash prizes and limiting the value of prizes to $10 will stop many costumers from returning and the businesses will shut down. The bill’s backers say these stores are going virtually untaxed, and the only legal gambling allowed by the state constitution is the state lottery and the four full-scaled casinos okayed by voters.

Hours before the vote, a store owner and manager testified against the new limits as overkill. He says they will wipe them out and destroy jobs. But Ohio’s Attorney General, county prosecutors and police all called for the bill’s passage.

Next, state senators take it up with only a week or so in the legislative session.  

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Yes I THINK YOU SHOULD CLOSE THEM DOWN, i VISIT OFTEN AND IT IS A RIP OFF THEY ARE IN POOR BLACK NEIGBORHOODS AND THEY HAVE PEOPLE IN THERE PLAYING THEIR SS SSICHECKS CLOSE THEM DOWN


Posted by: BYRD on December 7, 2012 12:12PM
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