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Ohio Supreme Court Says Most Gambling Opponents Lack Standing To Sue

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Sam Hendren, WOSU News
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Electronic slot machines like these at Scioto Downs have been a boon for some struggling horse racing tracks.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled only one of the opponents of recently expanded gambling has standing to challenge the constitutionality of casino and “racino” betting in court.

The court sided with one man who said he wanted to operate a casino but his rights to do that were violated by the state allowing only certain companies to operate casinos.

But the court ruled that 12 other people and the anti-gambling group the Ohio Roundtable couldn’t sue the state over racinos.

The Roundtable’s Rob Walgate is disappointed, saying this closes the door to holding elected officials accountable.

“It’s clear Governor Kasich and the legislature have violated the constitution but Ohioans will never see the facts of those cases presented because the courts have slammed the door in the face of the people trying to present the facts and said that they are not granted standing.”

Walgate says his group will spend the next few days trying to come up with another way to challenge the validity of gambling at racetracks and Ohio’s four casinos.