COLUMBUS – The Ohio House voted 71-26 to approve a ballot measure for the May
primary that would change the location of a Columbus casino. The Senate
previously approved the measure with a 31-2 vote.
In November, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing casinos at
specific sites in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. Since then,
Columbus officials have been negotiating with casino representatives to change
the site in that city. To do so will require a statewide vote again.
At the same time the House rejected attempts by Youngstown lawmakers to place a
casino in the Mahoning Valley. Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) said his community
has lost 50,000 jobs in the past three decades. He said "For 23 years that I've
been here, I've been waiting for people to pay attention to the struggles that
we've been going through ... Anywhere that you go in my community, you will see
the desperation ... For 23 years I've been waiting for the help." The House
rejected Hagan's amendment
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