Ohio Cities Casino Amendment (2010)

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Ohio Cities Casino Amendment did not appear on the May 4, 2010 statewide ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The proposed amendment would have allowed cities to opt out of hosting casinos by passing a local referendum.[1]

Background

The amendment developed months after Ohio voters approved Ohio Casino Initiative, Issue 3 (2009), which allowed the establishment of casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. The measure was approved 53% to 47%, however in Franklin County 58% of voters voted against the measure. The measure was widely approved in Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati.[2][3]

Supporters

The measure was proposed by Sen. David Goodman, Sen. Jim Hughes, Rep. Cheryl Grossman and Rep. Kevin Bacon.[4]

  • Sen. Goodman said, "Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati should not be in a position to make development decisions for Columbus any more than Columbus residents should be weighing in on Cleveland projects. This amendment gives local communities more control as Ohio takes the first steps into casino gaming."[2]
  • Rep. Bacon said, "Clearly, the citizens of central Ohio voiced their opposition to a Las Vegas-style casino this November. I stand behind my constituents and simply propose an avenue through which Franklin County residents can choose whether a casino will be located in their county."[5]

Path to the ballot

In order to place the measure on the May ballot, the proposal required support from at least 60% of members from both the Senate and the House.[2]

See also

Related measures

Approveda Ohio Casino Initiative, Issue 3 (2009)

Additional reading

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