Ohio Senate Favors Taking Slots To Ballot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's Senate President suggests putting a slots issue on the November ballot in a compromise to end the state budget gridlock over the governor's proposal to legalize the machines at horse tracks.

In a letter to Gov. Ted Strickland on Tuesday, Bill Harris says a committee has found that the success of the governor's proposal is already dependent on the outcome of the election.

Voters are expected to decide a separate proposal to legalize casino gambling in four cities.

The letter notes that Strickland, a democrat, expanded the lottery once before -- adding the bingo-style keno game -- without legislative approval or the legal authority he now seeks.

Strickland has said the added protections are now necessary because slot machines are not a ticketed game like those allowed under law.

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

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