Senate republicans in the state of Ohio have decided to add a provision to the rewrite of a recent gambling law. If the provision is agreed upon, then the option of extended gambling games will be available statewide.
The proposal was found to be opposed by the governor of the state and the sponsor of the bill was surprised by the provision. The new measure proposes that the board of commissioners in each county in the state will be allowed to contract a private company to run a card room. The room would be allowed to offer blackjack and poker.
However there are critics of the proposal that say that the wording of the measure is vague which will allow more gambling gaming options and this would allow mini casinos in the state. The proposal states that the card room’s net proceeds will go to charity. Fifteen percent of the net will go toward the owner of the room as well as cost expenses.
Bill Coley a senator in the state commented that Cleveland has already been running a card room for many years and it will allow the other counties to have the same options. Coley commented: “It’s a fairness issue. It empowers each of the county commissioners to decide what works best for their citizens. It also gives the charities in that community the opportunity to do that.”
One opposed to the bill is Governor of Ohio John Kasich. A spokesman for Kasich commented that Penn National Gaming is also not happy with the measure. They are in the process of building casinos in the state.