Group forms to oppose Ohio Internet cafe crackdown

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group has formed to oppose a new law effectively banning storefront sweepstakes parlors that legislators had become convinced were harboring illegal gambling operations.

The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs wants to put an initiative repealing the law on the ballot next year.

The group announced Monday it has collected the initial minimum of 1,000 signatures and submitted those to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, along with a summary of the proposed measure submitted to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The group wants the law repealed to force legislators to pass a new law regulating the industry and shut down what it calls rogue sweepstakes parlor operators.

More than 620 Internet cafes operate in Ohio, representing growing competition to legalized casinos and charity games.

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