Regulating Internet cafes

The (Findlay) Courier Published:

Gambling, once a vice, has gone mainstream and is heavily regulated if deemed legal. In Ohio, schools and governments get a cut of the action.

But one form of gaming, the kind played in "Internet cafes," has gone practically unchecked in recent years. The businesses, which are said to number more than 800 statewide, have sweepstakes devices resembling slot machines. Unlike licensed gambling in Ohio, these places are unregulated.

That's an unfair advantage, according to casino owners and others involved in running regulated gambling....

Lawmakers are currently considering House Bill 605, which would clarify what types of sweepstakes are legal and what kind are not. If passed, the bill would put the operations out of business.

At the very least, lawmakers should make sure all those who profit from gambling, however it's defined, are playing by the same rules.

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