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Ohio's internet cafes are forced to close
New sweepstakes laws took effect two weeks ago and are being heavily enforced
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Attorney General Mike DeWine says the companies are complying with the law.
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Internet cafe operators are shutting down now that Ohio’s revised gambling laws are in effect. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the attorney general’s office is keeping an eye on compliance.

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It’s been two weeks since the new sweepstakes laws took effect and Attorney General Mike DeWine says Internet cafes around the state are now closing up shop.

The laws created by H.B.7 started after a referendum effort failed to collect enough signatures to put a challenge of the law on the November 2014 ballot.

DeWine says most of the vendors who design and operate the sweepstakes software are leaving Ohio. The state’s top law enforcement official says he’s holding off on raids to give companies time to sort things out.

“They’re complying with the law and I think they see that they’ve seen they’ve run out the string—they went as long as they could go and it’s over with now.”

The Attorney General’s Office is also reaching out to local law enforcement to make them aware that his office is standing by to help enforce the regulations.

The group behind the referendum effort has declined to comment on the issue as they evaluate further legal options.

Listener Comments:

i think they should stay open, there realy is no reason for them to close. some people just make a big deal about everthing, i say if u don't want to play dont make it hard for some who want to.


Posted by: Anonymous (youngstown) on November 3, 2013 8:11AM
WELL I LIKE TO GAMBLE EVERY NOW AND THEN. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WORRIE ABOUT YOURSELF, IF I LOSE MY MONEY THATS MY FAULT.. ALOT OF OLDER PEOPLE LOVE TO GO AND ENJOY THEMSELF AND TALK TO PEOPLE. ITS HARD FOR THEM TO GO THE OTHER CASINOS. I JUST DON'T UNDESTAND SOME PEOPLE. PLEASE QUIT PUTTING THEM DOWN WITHOUT THE FACTS. THERE ARE NICE PLACES. ANYWERE YOU GO THERE IS TRASH, JUST BE SMART AND KEEP THAT BAD STUFF OUT. SO THINK BEFORE YOUR PUT THEM DOWN.


Posted by: KENNY ROGERS (BARBERTON) on November 1, 2013 11:11AM
EXACTLY RIGHT THATS WHAT I MEANT. SORRY IF WORDED IT WRONG.. I ACTUALLY TAKE MY MOM AND AUNTS THERE FOR FUN.. YOU ARE TOTALLY CORRECT.!!!!


Posted by: ROGERS on November 1, 2013 11:11AM
roger you are misinformed and misguided and certainly do not know how sweepstakes operate..no one forces you to do anything and as an old person myself I should be allowed to do what I want to with my money you want to be ripped off go to an actual casino that's what they are there for.....


Posted by: becca (new york) on October 23, 2013 7:10AM
OHIO IS RPAING THE PEOPLE


Posted by: Anonymous on October 21, 2013 12:10PM
I am so made that some of the internet cafes are closing and then re opening. they are all raping the old people out of there social security checks every mounth. what a shame. can't eney ohio laws shut these. devil den's down. I hope they shut the ohio house down. they never get things right.do they.


Posted by: roger (akron) on October 21, 2013 11:10AM
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