Ohio casino initiative will impact fundraisers, says governor
COLUMBUS, Ohio: According to the approved casino initiative language, Gov. Ted Strickland said that the Ohio Casino Initiative (2009), as currently written, may inadvertently shut down casino nights at churches and fundraisers. "If the amendment passes, we believe that it would create a risk that a court might find that those charitable games of chance that are currently legal might be determined to be illegal," said Ted Hart, spokesperson for Attorney General Richard Cordray. But supporters of the measure argue that the ballot language specifically exempts bingo and horse racing from the term "casino gambling," however opponents argue that other casino-style games like roulette and blackjack are often used at "game night" fundraisers. On Thursday, August 20, 2009, the Ohio Ballot Board approved the argument as part of the official argument against the proposal.