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Slots Opponents Vow Legal Action

Church leaders vow legal action and an aggressive grass-roots campaign to stop racetrack slots from coming to Ohio.

The Rev. John Edgar chairs the United Methodist anti-gambling task force and says he is confident opponents of the video lottery terminals can persuade the Ohio Supreme Court the machines are unconstitutional. His group, the Ohio Council of Churches, and the American Policy Roundtable were meeting Wednesday to discuss strategy.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, an ordained Methodist minister, is expected to sign a $50.5 billion, two-year budget bill in the coming days that contains the slots plan. In the bill, lawmakers legalized lottery-run slots at seven horse racing tracks to raise $933 million and prevent deeper cuts to programs and services.

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