State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) issued the following statement today, urging the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission to review Ohio's casino monopoly:

“I am calling on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission to review the casino monopoly provided for in our state's Constitution.

"The casino section in our Constitution is extremely detailed and grants two companies exclusive rights to operate casinos. This provision is worthy of additional scrutiny following the voters’ resounding approval of Issue 2 last November, which prohibits the Ohio Constitution from being used to grant a monopoly.

"Since their operations began in 2012, casinos have failed to provide the tax revenue and job-creation that the people of Ohio were promised. Casino developers built casinos smaller than their initial commitments, resulting in about 40 percent less gaming positions than planned. Operators have insisted that the smaller facilities would not have a negative impacts on the tax revenues that the state collects, but unfortunately, the operator’s statements appear to be wrong.

"Although not required by the constitution, a law was passed which provides that casinos are not required to pay taxes on free play, resulting in less money for our schools and local governments. We have concerns about whether the state can continue to justify this kind of tax break. While these preferential tax-breaks may increase competition between Ohio venues, they have shown little evidence of actually increasing Ohio’s total gaming revenue.”

Featured Posts

ADVISORY: Coley To Introduce Legislation Requiring Audit Of The Medical Marijuana Control Program


COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) will hold a press conference tomorrow, February 22 at 11 a.m. in the Senate Press Room to announce legislation that would require the Auditor of State to conduct and release a performance audit of the Medical Marijuana Control Program.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Coley To Announce Bill Restoring Control To Restaurant Owners, Allowing Dogs On Patios


COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) will join business leaders TOMORROW to announce legislation aimed at restoring the decision-making authority of restaurant owners in determining whether to allow dogs in their outdoor spaces. 


Coley Announces Passage Of Senate Budget That Closes Fiscal Shortfall And Protects Essential Services


"Working together, we have cut almost $1.1 billion from the original version of the budget and have brought the budget in balance without putting Ohio's economy at risk by raising taxes," said Senator Coley, who serves a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for balancing Ohio's two-year operating budget. 


Senate Approves Awareness Legislation Aimed At Curing Pediatric Brain Tumors In Honor Of Kyler Bradley


"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those who suffer, both directly and indirectly, from the devastation that DIPG causes families," said Coley. 

DIPG is an aggressive, malignant brain tumor found at the base of the brain stem, affecting approximately 200 to 400 children in the U.S each year. It is the second most common malignant brain tumor and is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The average prognosis of those diagnosed is 9 months. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, drooping of one side of the face as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing.