Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against casino proposal
COLUMUS, Ohio: On Friday, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against the Ohio Casino Initiative (2009), moving the initiative to the November 2009 ballot in Ohio. Sandy Theis, who works for MTR Gaming Group, owners of Scioto Downs horse track and Mountaineer casino, said that they believe approximately 500,000 signatures should be eliminated from the total count because they believe the petition should be dismissed on grounds that the proposition was misrepresented by paid circulators. On Friday, however the seven-member court unanimously agreed to strike down the lawsuit on the basis that MTR Gaming Group failed to raise a legitimate constitutional argument. The court, did however, acknowledge the group's concern for possible problems in the petition process.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner certified that the Ohio Jobs and Growth Committee had submitted 452,956 valid signatures, enough to place the measure on the November ballot. The secretary of state's office is currently investigating signature collections allegations.