Ohio High Court Allows Vote On Racetrack Slots

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court says opponents of installing slots at horse racetracks are entitled to put the question before voters.

The 6-1 ruling means video lottery terminals estimated to raise between $850 million and $933 million for public schools could be on hold until a vote is taken.

The high court ruled in favor of Letohiovote.org, a committee of three private citizens that seeks to put the question on the November 2010 ballot.

The court froze slots implementation for 90 days to allow the group to attempt to collect the necessary number of signatures to go to the ballot.

If they succeed, the machines could be on hold until voters decide the question.

The governor also has the option of using his executive power to authorize the machines without legislative approval.

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

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