COLUMBUS -- An Ohio court has delivered a setback to an anti-gambling group seeking to challenge Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik's) decision to legalize slots-like video lottery terminals at Ohio's seven horse tracks.
In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said the Ohio Roundtable lacks legal standing and cannot proceed. The judgment upholds an earlier ruling by Franklin County Judge Timothy S. Horton.
The Roundtable says it's weighing its options and could appeal.
The group filed its lawsuit in October 2011 against Kasich, the Ohio tax commissioner, the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission and associated members of the commissions.
The action argued it was unconstitutional for Kasich to expand the lottery without asking voters.
State attorneys say the governor was within his rights.
JULIE CARR SMYTH
The Associated Press