Casino backer refile ballot proposal
March 25, 2009
Backers of the constitutional amendment to allow casinos in Cleveland,
Cincinnati, Toledo and Columbus have submitted a revised petition with Attorney
General Richard Cordray. Earlier this week the attorney general rejected their
petition stating its summary did not fully capture what the casino plan means
"I have concluded that I am unable at this point to certify your summary as a
fair and truthful statement of the measure to be referred," Cordray wrote to the
As a result, the Ohio Jobs and Growth Committee filed a revised petition today
that amended their proposal. The new proposal:
* Clarifies the tax issue raised by Cordray by removing any reference to casino
patrons. Cordray said the language seemed to say patrons’ winnings would be
exempt from state and local income taxes, which backers said was not the intent.
* Includes detailed locations for each casino as Cordray requested.
* Clarifies that the amendment, if approved, would have no impact on the conduct
of the lottery or bingo in Ohio.
AG Cordray must approve the language in the petition before backers can begin
gathering signatures. A minimum of 402,275 signatures from registered voters
must be collected and turned in by July 1 to get the issue on the November 3rd
Return to Ohio Casinos.