Effort To Repeal Ban On Internet Cafes Ends

Oct 4, 2013

Opponents of a state law that bans storefront sweepstakes parlors say they've dropped their effort to place a repeal on the November 2014 ballot.

The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs says it was unable to collect enough signatures. The group needed to submit roughly 71,000 additional valid signatures yesterday to the Ohio Secretary of State's office after falling short last month. The committee writes in a statement that it's the first group to operate under Ohio's new, more stringent signature gathering rules, and that the restrictions hampered its effort. Patrons buy cards for phone and Internet time at the so-called Internet cafes with chances to play slots-like computer games for cash prizes. Without the needed signatures, the ban goes into effect today.