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Internet cafe supporters move ahead with referendum challenging new law
If they gather more than 231,000 signatures by September, the state law is on hold for more than a year
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
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The owners of Internet sweepstakes cafés have passed the first hurdle to overturn a new state law that would essentially put them out of existence.

Secretary of State Jon Husted certified today that the group had collected enough valid signatures to continue their campaign. Now they need to gather more than 230,000 signatures by early September to get their referendum on the November 2014 ballot. 

If they get enough signatures, then the state law will be put on hold until that election.

The new law limits payouts at Internet cafes to $10. Attorney General Mike DeWine and other opponents of the cafes say they’re unregulated gambling establishments. 

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