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Ohio lawmakers, not voters, will likely decide the fate of internet cafes
State Sen. Schiavoni says the cafes have to be regulated, but lawmakers haven't shown they're willing to do it
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN
and OZIE IKUENOBE


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Bill Cohen
 
Machines confiscated in raids on internet cafes in Cuyahoga County earlier this month.
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Ohio voters will decide the fate of the nearly 800 storefronts accused of illegal gambling -- if a Youngstown state senator gets his way. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, though, that the senator probably won’t get his way, primarily because other legislators are vowing to decide the storefronts' fate themselves.

 

 

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For more than a year, Ohio lawmakers have debated whether to close or regulate the businesses that call themselves internet cafes or sweepstakes stores. But no final action has been taken.

Democratic State Sen. Joe Schiavoni  of Youngstown says it may be time to let the voters have a say. “Do people want to keep these around or don’t people want to keep these around? It’ll be Ohioans’ option.”

Schiavoni says he’s no proponent of the storefronts, and that unregulated gambling should not continue. He says a ballot-issue might resolve what lawmakers won’t.

“It’s not my place to carry the flag for internet sweepstakes. … I just feel that if we’re going to have this form of gambling in the state, it must be regulated. If we’re going to keep them, let’s regulate them; if we’re not, then let’s throw them out the window and be done.”

After months of delays on a House-passed bill, the Ohio Senate has said that it plans to ban the cafes in the next few weeks. If it comes to that, Schiavoni says he won’t fight the issue any further.

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