HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 15Ohio Bill Effectively Banning Internet Cafes Heads to Governor for Signature

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed Substitute House Bill 7 (HB 7) , a measure that effectively bans internet cafes in the state of Ohio, by a vote of 27-6.  As HB 7 was previously passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on March 13, 2013, the bill now heads to the desk of Governor John Kasich for signature.  The Governor’s Office has indicated that he intends to sign the bill.

Though HB 7 does not provide for an outright ban of internet cafes, it does make it a crime to participate in the conduct of a sweepstakes with the use of a “sweepstakes terminal device” which awards a prize with a value in excess of $10.00, thus effectively removing the economic benefit to operating an internet café parlor.  HB 7 does provide that those who wish to continue to conduct sweepstakes with the use of “sweepstakes terminal devices” obtain a certificate of registration from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and, among other things, submit to monthly reporting requirements.  HB 7 will become effective 90 days after it is signed by Governor Kasich.

The enrolled version of HB 7 can be read by clicking here:  http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_7


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