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Ohio State Senator Proposes $25,000 License Fee For Sweeps Game Operators

Posted On: 4/5/2012

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COLUMBUS, OH -- State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Canfield) on March 28 introduced a measure to regulate video sweepstakes games by placing them under the statewide control of the Ohio Gaming Commission, while permitting local jurisdictions to create their own regulations.

The measure, crafted with help from state Attorney General Mike DeWine, would treat sweeps game cafés like casinos. This would authorize the OGC to impose $25,000 annual licensing fees on the cafés and mandate independent laboratory certification of software used by the games. Additionally, it would impose strict compliance inspections and criminal background checks, require the posting of odds tables on machines, prohibit access for customers under 21 and alcohol sales or consumption on site, and not allow machines or locations within 1,000 feet of schools and daycare facilities.

Last year, DeWine said he supported a bill that would put sweeps games under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. | SEE STORY