Ohio officials reject vote on slots for 2010

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July 24, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio: This week Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's office rejected a petition with more than 3,000 signatures that attempted to place Gov. Ted Strickland's plan for video slot machines on the 2010 ballot.[1] According to the finalized state budget agreement the governor is expected to issue an executive order to authorize the video slot machines at Ohio racetracks. The plan includes a total of 2,500 video slot machines at 7 race tracks. However, the plan which was added to the state budget is exempted from the referendum process. The final state budget was signed July 17, 2009.[2]

On Monday, the group LetOhioVote.org filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court in an effort to block the slots plan from going into effect. "There is an argument to be made, and the Supreme Court will evaluate whether or not this is subject to a referendum," said Carlo LoParo, spokesperson for the group.[1]

Ballot initiatives for gambling were turned down in 1990, 1996, 2006 and in 2008.

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