Still No Deal On Ohio Gambling Regulations
Compromise continues to elude state lawmakers on a wide-ranging regulatory bill affecting Ohio casinos, racetrack slots and other forms of gambling. A Tuesday meeting of a negotiating committee on the bill was postponed until Wednesday by Republican State Rep. Lou Blessing of Cincinnati. It is the second postponement in a week as the panel seeks to iron out differences between House and Senate versions of the bill. The two chambers differed on how to distribute casino taxes and taxes paid on money wagered at horse tracks. They also diverged over whether to legalize games of chance at festivals and how to pay for a study on gambling addiction. Ohio voters in 2009 approved casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus. The state's first casino opened last week in Cleveland.