Ohio Storefront Sweepstakes Ban Referendum (2014)

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The Ohio Storefront Sweepstakes Ban Referendum did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Ohio as a veto referendum. The referendum would have submitted House Bill 7 to a statewide vote.[1]

HB 7 banned the operation of electronic sweepstakes devices in places without a gambling license.[2]


The referendum effort was sponsored by the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs.[3]

Committee to Represent the Petitioners

  • Janet Sue Fish
  • Kip L. Molenaar
  • G. David Gillock
  • Richard J. Bonde
  • Benjamin L. Garlich

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Ohio

SHB 7 was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on March 13, 2013, and later by the Ohio State Senate on May 22, 2013.[4][5]

House vote

March 13, 2013 House vote

Ohio SHB 7 House Vote
Approveda Yes 66 69.47%

Senate vote

May 22, 2013 Senate vote

Ohio SHB 7 Senate Vote
Approveda Yes 27 81.82%

The bill was signed into law on June 4, 2013. This gave referendum supporters 90 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.[6] Although the committee submitted 433,884 signatures to 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.[1]

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