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Ohio casino ballot language approved

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Friday, April 3, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray approved the summary text for a petition that would place a ballot initiative expanding gambling on the November ballot in Ohio. Cordray had previously rejected the proposed summary, arguing that it did not give enough details on the locations of casinos and the taxes on earnings. The matter is now referred to the Ohio Ballot Board which will determine if the measure constitutes a single constitutional amendment.

Bob Tenenbaum, spokesman for casino supporters, was optimistic. "We are hopeful the Ohio Ballot Board will act quickly to grant final approval for us to begin circulating our petitions to place on the ballot a proposal that will bring more than $1 billion in private investment, 20,000 new jobs, and more than $600 million per year in tax revenues for the state, its counties and major cities, and every school district in Ohio." Ohio voters rejected similar proposals in 1990, 1996, 2006 and 2008.[1]

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