If Ohioans are going to vote in November on a plan to expand legalized gambling, the ballot issue won't be initiated by state lawmakers. That’s the consensus of leaders in both the Ohio Senate and House. They say the only way a gambling issue will appear on the ballot is for pro-gambling activists to collect hundreds of thousands of petition signatures of registered voters. Here are – Senate President Bill Harris, House Speaker John Huster, and the leader of minority Democrats in the House, Christ Redfern:
Some Ohio mayors, racetrack owners, and one Native American tribe have all said they’d like to get a piece of the financial action from gambling casinos that could be legalized with a statewide ballot issue.