The Ohio Senate has approved a plan that makes changes to the law regarding video lottery terminals, casino gaming, and horse racing. The bill gives the Casino Control Commission the power to stop organized crime in the state's casinos and also offers funding to police for more training. Republican State Senator Bill Coley says this bill will also help to keep communities around casinos safer.
The bill was approved by the Senate by a vote of 29-3. The legislation doesn't deal with so-called "card rooms" that benefit charities, but Coley says that may be taken up in separate legislation later this year. But the House refused to go along with changes Senators made to the bill, so it will now go to a conference committee.