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Ohio ballot board approves casino initiative language

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August 19, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Yesterday, the Ohio Ballot Board approved the ballot language for the Ohio Casino Initiative (2009), which proposes placing casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.[1] The measure will be on the will be on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Ohio. If approved the measure would require an amendment to Article XV, Ohio Constitution.[2]

Below is a brief look at the ballot language, the full ballot language can be found here.[3]

  • Authorize only one casino facility within each of the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.
  • Levy a fixed tax of 33% of gross casino revenue.
  • Distribute the casino tax.
  • Require each initial licensed casino operator to pay a single $50,000,000 fee to be used for state job training purposes and make a minimum initial investment of $250,000,000 in its facility.
  • Permit approved types of casino gaming authorized by Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania as of January 1, 2009.
  • Authorize the casinos to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the discretion of the casino operator.
  • Create the Ohio casino control commission.

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* Ohio 2009 ballot measures