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Ban ‘Internet Cafe’ Gambling in Ohio

November 24, 2012
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

One of the arguments in favor of legalized gambling in Ohio has been that it can be regulated by the state. Another is that gambling casinos support local and state governments with taxes in addition to those paid by other businesses.

Neither is true of the estimated 819 "Internet cafes" in the Buckeye State.

The operations, some with scores of computers, use various strategies in attempts to get around current bans on gambling outside state-sanctioned sites.

Legislators have been discussing regulating - or banning - such operations for years. A new bill prohibiting them has been introduced in the state House of Represenatives. It has wide support.

Lawmakers should approve the measure and Gov. John Kasich should sign it into law.

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