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Gambling bill clears Ohio Senate
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Posted: May 09 2012 at 4:54pm
Just days ahead of the opening of Ohio's first casino, state senators on Wednesday passed a wide-ranging gambling bill that aims to sort out the regulations governing casinos, racetracks and new video lottery terminals.
The 29-3 bipartisan vote came after a Senate panel stripped a provision that would have expanded charity card rooms from one Ohio county to all 88 counties. Charities can book the rooms to run poker games and use the proceeds for their cause. Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio is currently the only county with such a facility.
Senate committee chairman Bill Coley said the issue would be taken up in a separate bill.
The Ohio House, which passed an earlier version, planned Wednesday to reject the Senate changes to the bill and send it to a negotiating committee to work out the two chambers' differences.
There was little discussion about the legislation before the Senate passed it.
Coley, R-Middletown, told his Senate colleagues the bill would empower authorities to keep crime out of the casinos, while ensuring that local officers would be trained and equipped to deal with cases of petty theft to money laundering.
"I believe that we've been able to come up with a good piece of legislation, a bill that is fair to all parties, and a bill that gives Ohio the protections necessary to conduct a wide variety of gaming in this state," Coley said.
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