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Hundreds rally for Ohio gambling plan

20 May 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As reported by The Columbus Dispatch: "As lawmakers appeared to soften their position on gambling, hundreds of horse enthusiasts rallied at the Statehouse this morning for a plan that would allow slot machines at the state's seven racetracks.

"Without slot machines, most of the racetracks likely will go out of business in the next few years, eliminating many of Ohio's 16,000 jobs that depend on horse racing, leaders of the state's equine industry said.

"They urged supporters to write to lawmakers in favor of a proposal to allow 14,000 slot machines at the racetracks. The issue would require only approval from the General Assembly, not voters.

"...The slots-at-racetracks proposal is one of three to expand gambling in Ohio. Backers of a plan to allow casinos in Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati are circulating a petition for a November ballot measure. A group of restaurants and bars is hoping to persuade Gov. Ted Strickland to authorize slot machines at their businesses as part of the Ohio Lottery..."

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