Group sues in effort to stop Ohio gaming expansion

5:40 PM, Oct 21, 2011   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --- An anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit in an effort to stall the expansion of gaming in Ohio.

The Ohio Roundtable sued Gov. John Kasich Friday in Franklin County Court seeking to stop the placement of slot machines at state racetracks, the expansion of Ohio's Lottery and the forgiving of casino owners' tax debt.

Roundtable vice president and lead plaintiff Rob Walgate says all of those actions require constitutional amendments.

Walgate says Kasich has taken short cuts and negotiated backroom deals to skirt Ohio's constitution. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols says the governor does not comment on pending litigation.

He says Ohioans have repeatedly supported various types of gambling over the past century.

The Roundtable expects that the suit will eventually land before Ohio's Supreme Court.

The Associated Press

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