Ohio lawmakers delay compromise on gambling bill

5:11 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A compromise vote on a wide-ranging bill sorting out regulations for casinos, racetrack slots and other forms of gambling in Ohio has been postponed.

State Rep. Lou Blessing, a Cincinnati Republican, told a negotiating committee Thursday that more time was needed to iron out differences between House and Senate versions of the bill. The panel had planned a Thursday vote.

Blessing now expects that vote to come Tuesday.

The two chambers differed on how to distribute casino taxes and taxes paid on money wagered at horse tracks. They also diverged over whether to legalize games of chance at festivals and how to pay for a study on gambling addiction.

Ohio voters in 2009 approved casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus. The state's first casino in Cleveland opened Monday.

Associated Press

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