internet cafes

Internet Cafes Closing

Oct 21, 2013

Companies are shutting down now that Ohio’s revised gambling laws are in effect.

A state law banning Internet cafes could take effect as early as today.

Internet Cafe Effort Falls Short

Sep 24, 2013

Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans internet cafes have fallen more than 70 thousand valid signatures short of the number needed to place a repeal request on the 2014 ballot.

Internet café backers are trying to block from taking effect a law effectively banning the establishments.

Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans internet cafes say they have enough signatures to block the law from taking effect.

A group of clergy and civil rights activists is asking the Franklin County Board of Elections to investigate whether petition circulators for a ballot effort seeking to overturn Ohio's ban on internet cafes are misrepresenting their cause.

Authorities Raid Local Internet Cafes

Aug 2, 2013

State Authorities and Marysville police have served search warrants at 10 Internet cafes and other locations in seven counties in central and southwest Ohio.

People collecting signatures on a petition aimed at blocking the state's internet cafe law say they have been harassed by opponents hired by Ohio casinos.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state is home to 340 internet cafes.

Internet Cafe Owners Want Ohio Voters To Decide Their Future

Jun 11, 2013

Operators of internet cafes are fighting  a new state law banning their operations.

Internet Cafe Owners Want To Overturn State Ban

Jun 11, 2013

A group of internet cafe operators has formed to oppose a new law effectively banning the facilities that state officials have called fronts for illegal gambling.

House Approves Internet Cafe Moratorium

May 23, 2013

The Ohio House has approved a bill extending the state's moratorium on the opening of new internet cafes and imposing a new reporting requirement.

Senate Approves Bill Halting Internet Cafe Expansion

May 2, 2013

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill to immediately halt the expansion of Internet cafes.

Statehouse Debate Continues Over Fate Of Internet Cafes

Apr 30, 2013

Ohio voters will decide the fate of the 794 storefronts, accused of selling illegal gambling…..that is, if a Youngstown state senator gets his way.

Ohio Attorney General Continues Attack on Internet Cafes

Apr 17, 2013

Ohio’s top cop Wednesday stepped up his drive to shut down many of the state’s internet cafes and sweepstakes stores on the grounds that they offer illegal gambling. 

Court Upholds Internet Cafe Gambling Convictions

Mar 22, 2013

The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals has upheld the gambling convictions of six people affiliated with three Internet cafes in Cleveland.

Ohio House Votes To Close Internet Cafes

Mar 14, 2013

The Ohio House has approved a bill designed to shut down the state's 800 internet cafes as illegal gambling operations.

House Committee Clears Bill Regulations on Internet Cafes

Mar 12, 2013

An Ohio House panel has approved a crackdown on storefront gambling-like operations known as Internet cafes.

Internet Cafes Hurting Tax Revenue?

Feb 19, 2013

Some state officials think Internet cafes may be one reason why casinos are not generating as much tax-revenue as predicted.

Internet Cafe Regulations Under Discussion At Statehouse

Feb 13, 2013

Ohio legislators are once again debating a proposal aimed at putting thousands of internet cafes and sweepstakes storefronts out of business. At a legislative committee hearing on the bill Wednesday, Ohio’s top cop blasted the businesses as illegal gambling houses. But, as statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, the industry and its supporters pushed back.

The Ohio House has approved a measure banning Internet cafes that offer computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes.

AG calls for rule on internet cafes

Aug 29, 2012

State officials estimate 800 internet cafes operate in Ohio, and the Attorney General says that number continues to grow.  The cafes sell time online and prepaid phone cards to people who then play sweepstakes games.