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Sweepstakes “ban” generates a compelling testimony
State business owners speak out against the proposal that could eliminate internet cafes and sweepstakes. 
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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Attorney General Mike DeWine
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Ohio legislators continue to mull over a proposal that could shut down most of the state’s 812 storefronts that advertise themselves as sweepstakes or internet cafes. For the second straight day, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony, some of it emotional. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

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Owners of these facilities are saying that they aren't participating in illegal gambling; they are selling prepaid telephone cards that can also be used to purchase videogames. However, those supporting the proposal argue that the stores selling these cards are breaking the law. 
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