Officials: Ohio Casino Plan May Kill Church Games

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio officials say passage of a casino issue on the state's fall ballot could threaten casino nights held by churches and charities.

The ballot measure would allow four casinos, one each in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo.

Attorney General Richard Cordray has gone over the language of the initiative, and spokesman Ted Hart says it's Cordray's opinion that the proposed constitutional amendment could cause a court to find any other casino-style gambling illegal in Ohio.

Gov. Ted Strickland says Ohioans should be aware that the issue could kill church games. Strickland opposes the ballot measure.

A lawyer for a group backing the casino plan maintains that it would have no impact on gambling currently allowed in Ohio.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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