Monday, August 03, 2009

Ohio casino legislation/litigation update - 2

An attempt by Franklin County horse racing track owner Scioto Downs to have the proposed casino constitutional amendment taken off the ballots in Ohio this November was rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court last Friday.

The Court unanimously held the petition both failed to raise a legitimate constitutional argument and went as far as to acknowledge the efforts made to address areas where there were problems with the process, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Whether the governor and lawmakers have the power to authorize slot machines without a vote of the people is another matter. That issue's still pending.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Not sure if they can without a vote, but if we learn anything from other gambling states, this is likely to be an ongoing issue for some time. In some ways it does seem inevitable though based on experiences in California and in the UK