Opponents of regulation legislation for Ohio’s Internet cafes plan ‘full-throttle’ protest
Opponents of a bill that they say would force more than 800 small, neighborhood-based Internet cafes out of business and put more than 4,000 employees out of work have called a news conference for 1 p.m.. Monday in downtown Cleveland.
Members of Ohio’s Internet Cafe Coalition say they will detail their plans for a “full-throttle campaign to block passage of the fast-track legislation” in the final few days of the General Assembly’s lame duck session.
Led by prominent public officials from Northeast Ohio, a contingent of more than 100 Internet cafe owners, operators, employees, and customers (most of them senior citizens) are expected to attend the rally at the Doubletree Hotel, 1111 Lakeside Avenue.
Legislation that opponents say would effectively ban Internet sweepstakes cafes was approved by the Ohio House last week and referred to the Ohio Senate. The Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee announced after-hours Friday evening that it would have a hearing on the bill Tuesday morning.
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