Ohio may seize gambling winnings for child support

The Regional Chamber has joined in on a legal brief supporting the legalization of video gaming terminals in Austintown, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A provision in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget bill would allow the state to seize the casino and racino winnings of deadbeat parents to pay back child support.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols tells The Columbus Dispatch that the measure puts Ohio in line with other states and the federal government.

Under the bill, which is being considered by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, larger winnings that must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service could be held to pay back child support.

Those winnings would include $1,200 or more from a slot machine, $5,000 or more from a poker tournament or $600 or more on a $2 bet at a race track.

The legislation passed the House last month.

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