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Ohio lawmakers want no smoking in casinos

Published: Wed, May 19, 2010 @ 3:08 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio lawmakers want the state’s four new casinos to be smoke-free, with no alcohol served after 2:30 a.m., and with slots winnings paid in chips, not coins.

Those are some areas of common ground in the sets of casino rules proposed by the Ohio House and Senate. House lawmakers introduced their bill Tuesday, a day after senators did. The two chambers planned to have separate hearings on their proposals today.

The House and Senate bills also agree that a new seven-member gaming commission should oversee the casinos, and that the establishments must bar patrons younger than 21.

One key difference involves minority hiring at the casinos. Unlike the Senate bill, the House version requires casino operators to set diversity goals.


1SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, here we go again. Johnny-come-lately Ohio finally gets 4- count them- 4 casinos and the 1st thing the p-brains in the Ohio legislature do is start setting "Political Correctness" rules for these establishments. These are not being funded with taxpayers $'s. These are private ventures.

The legislature should not be permitted to set hiring rules or have the right to discriminate against those who choose to smoke and already pay way more than their fair share of taxes because of it.

Also, let's discriminate against the LEGAL adults between the ages of 18 and 21. No fun for you either because you are not responsible enough, yet- but you continue to vote for us and go fight our battles. And Oh, BTW, even though there are no clocks in the casinos, you can't drink from 2:30 am to 5:00 am. What's the BFD about 21/2 hours?

Oh Yea, let's make sure we don't miss out on a penny's worth of taxes we might not collect if we pay the slot machine jackpots in coin. Somebody just might use their winnings to keep playing longer and not report the winnings.

What a bunch of gutless, moronic wonders!

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2rdl50(22 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

SkyKing310B you are right on the money. Clueless politicians who rob us blind every which way. The private firms should tell them get lost. They lay off the police in mahoning county, free the prisioners thats ok with these nitwits, but by golly they will play the smoke police in a casino. They are truly gutless moronic wonders.

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