A vote on a bill that would sort out regulations for casinos, racetrack slots, and various other forms of gambling in the state of Ohio was expected this week, but has been postponed. On Thursday, State Rep. Lou Blessing (R-Cincinnati), told a negotiating committee that more time was needed to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
A Thursday vote had been planned, but Blessing now says that a vote is expected on Tuesday.
The House and Senate differed on how to distribute casino taxes, as well as taxes paid on money wagered at horse tracks. In addition, the two chambers disagreed on whether or not to legalize games of chance at festivals, and how to pay for a study on gambling addiction.
In 2009, Oho voters approved the opening of four casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, and Cincinnati. The first of the casinos opened in Cleveland on Monday. Horse tracks have been waiting on a ruling so that they may begin installing slot machines at the racetracks.