Ohio legislators are poised to okay rules for the state's four new gambling casinos, and owners of race tracks are trying to use the process to get a piece of the gambling action. They're asking lawmakers for an amendment that would authorize the tracks to install thousands of electronic slot machines, also called video lottery terminals (VLTs). Dave Paragas lobbies for four of the seven race tracks. He tells statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen that the financially-strapped tracks are worried that they will lose even more customers and profits once the casinos open their doors.
At the moment, it appears the tracks' request for lawmakers to approve another slots-at-the-tracks plan is a long shot. Instead, legislators are focused on approving rules for the four casinos. There's a June 3 deadline on that.