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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who's got reel power?

After the controversial slots machine, its spinning reel and its potential ballot status went before the Ohio Supreme Court, who knows what's next?

Three Republican state legislators filed a lawsuit involving the question of whether proposed video lottery terminals' revenue can even be included in the state budget, especially without it being before Ohio voters to let them decide.

The attorney: State Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chester Township.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

So what will the governor, Legislature do now?

Slot machines at Ohio racetracks were expected to fill nearly a $1 billion gap in the state’s two-year budget.

The Ohio Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in favor of orders Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to accept the group’s petitions, allowing the referendum process to go forward.

The court froze implementation of slots for 90 days to allow the group to collect the necessary number of signatures — 6 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial race — to go to the ballot.

If they succeed, the machines could be on hold until voters decide the question, which might be until Nov. 2010.

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