Ohio: Casino measure will be on May ballot

Thu, Jan 28 2010 — Source: WCPN

In May, Ohio voters will decide the fate of yet another gambling issue. But this time, the ballot measure won’t propose a big expansion of gambling. It would simply move the location of a Columbus-area casino….one of 4 that voters statewide approved last November. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports that lawmakers finished putting the casino-move plan onto the May ballot after beating back an effort to add another city to the casino list.

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The self-appointed, bi-partisan committee spearheading the effort only has until Monday to turn in more than 45 thousand petition signatures needed to qualify their charter proposal to appear on the November ballot.  The plan - if it gets on the ballot and passes. - would scrap the current three-member board of County Commissioners, and replace it with one elected county executive who would have considerable authority, including the power to appoint almost all department heads.  The executive would share power with an eleven-member part-time county council.