Court battle for slot machine measure

Mon, Sep 21 2009 — Source: Kent News Net

Governor Ted Strickland’s proposal to incorporate slot machines at Ohio’s seven racetracks went to the Ohio Supreme Court Sept. 2. Let Ohio Vote, a ballot issue committee group, challenged Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. The initiative was developed to address a $3.2 billion budget shortfall. Carlo LaParo, spokesperson for Let Ohio Vote, said the organization is against the initiative because it denies people the right to referendum, which allows citizens to vote on the proposal.