Senator Schiavoni Introduces Internet Café Resolution
Senate Resolution would allow voters to decide future of cafes
 
 

Columbus – Today, Senator Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced a Senate Joint Resolution to allow Ohio voters to decide if Internet cafes should be permitted in the state of Ohio. The proposal would place the issue on November’s ballot.  In recent decades, similar statewide votes have decided the fate of other gambling issues.

“In my mind internet cafes are forms of unregulated gambling,” said Senator Schiavoni. “While a ban has already been proposed, this has been a controversial issue that I believe can best be addressed on the ballot, as other gambling issues have.”

The resolution would require approval by a three-fifths majority of the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives before being placed on the November ballot by the Ohio Secretary of State.  If enacted, Article 15 of the Ohio Constitution would then be amended to permit or ban Internet cafes.

“It is necessary to allow voters to weigh in on the future of these facilities, just as they did with Ohio casinos,” said Senator Schiavoni.

There are currently more than 800 unregulated Internet cafe facilities throughout the state Ohio. 

Senator Schiavoni represents the 33rd District, encompassing Columbiana and Mahoning Counties. 

 
 
 
  
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