On June 11, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law House Bill 386 (“HB 386”), a wide-ranging measure which revises regulation and oversight of Ohio’s commercial casinos, horse racetracks and lottery operations.

Among other things, HB 386 amends the state’s original casino law to allow increased confidentiality protections for those applying for a gaming license in Ohio,  details regulation of VLT outlets at race tracks, modifies revenue sharing considerations, and makes changes to the state’s live horse racing dates process.

Gov. Kasich vetoed two sections of HB 386 related to racinos and the regulatory jurisdiction over state lottery fees. As such, VLT operators at tracks cannot refer to themselves as a “casino,” and the Permanent Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering, a legislative committee, will not be authorized to remove state Lottery Commission fees, as the Governor has taken the position that the committee does not have authority over the Lottery Commission.

A copy of the bill, as passed is located at the following link: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_386_EN_N.html

Governor Kasich’s veto statement is located at the following link, via the Columbus Dispatch: http://www.dispatch.com/content/downloads/2012/06/VetoMessageAmSubHB386.pdf

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The Michigan Gaming Newsletter would like to thank Scott Nuyttens and Peter Stern for their contributions to this issue.

 

 

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