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Ohio Senate wants to outlaw Internet cafes

1:02 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The leader of the Ohio Senate says the Republican-controlled chamber is ready to move forward with a bill essentially outlawing Internet cafes.

At a news conference Wednesday, Senate President Keith Faber said a majority of his caucus now agrees the sweepstakes parlors are illegal and should be banned.

The announcement follows pleas by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for legislative action.

DeWine, a fellow Republican, led a raid on six of the facilities in the Cleveland area last week after an appellate court ruled the cafes constituted illegal gambling.

The Ohio House approved a bill late last year intended to regulate the cafes.

It failed to gain traction in the Senate, but the House passed a new proposal in March that is pending in a Senate committee.

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