Ohio Storefront Sweepstakes Ban Referendum (2014)
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will not appear on a ballot
|Voting on Gambling|
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HB 7 banned the operation of electronic sweepstakes devices in places without a gambling license.
Path to the ballot
The bill was signed into law on June 4, 2013. This gave referendum supporters ninety days from that date to submit 231,149 signatures to the Ohio secretary of state's office. The deadline for the Committee to protect Ohio Jobs, the group behind the referendum, to submit signatures was September 3, 2013.
Opponents of HB 7, who supported the referendum effort reported that they submitted over 400,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Although the committee submitted 433,884 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Husted found that only 160,008 of them were valid. This left the group 10 days to collect the 71,140 signatures lacked by their petition, as well as meeting the 44-county requirement. The group admitted, on October 3, 2013, that they had failed to collect the additional signatures. This allowed House Bill 7 to go into effect the next day on October 4, 2013.
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- Cleveland.com, "Effort to repeal Internet cafe restrictions falls short, new law to take effect Friday," October 3, 2013
- Ohio Ballot Board, "Summary and Full Text of Referendum on House Bill 7," accessed September 3, 2013
- Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs facebook page, accessed March 20, 2014
- Associated Press, "Opponents say they can stop Ohio's crackdown on internet cafes," September 3, 2013
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