The Governor on Tuesday signed into law an effective ban on storefront sweepstakes parlors that legislators had become convinced were harboring illegal gambling operations.
An immediate moratorium on opening new Internet cafes is now in force until the law signed Tuesday takes effect.
More than 620 Internet cafes operate in Ohio, representing growing competition to legalized casinos and charity games. The facilities’ employees say the operations are legal and their livelihoods could be ruined.
A group of local government officials who oppose the new law want voters to decide its fate and are preparing an effort to overturn the law through a ballot referendum.