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Ohio's internet cafes could get a break
A key state senator favors tighter regulations over outright shutdowns
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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An Ohio House plan to regulate 800 Internet cafes and sweepstakes stores threatens to put them out business. But a joint House-Senate panel appears to be willing to go easier on the businesses.

Sen. Bill Coley chairs the panel. He agrees the storefronts should be regulated more but instead of calling them illegal gambling, he says they are simply "promotional marketing."
Senator Bill Coley

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Internet cafes in Florida were charged with money laundering and racketeering last week. Coley says he is a Libertarian who wants to regulate them enough to dissuade the criminal element.
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