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Rules for Ohio casinos: No smoking, no alcohol after 2:30 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Soon you won’t need the trappings of Las Vegas or Atlantic City to gamble like a high roller.smoking in casino

Four colorful and glitzy casinos are already well in the works for Ohio. And this week state lawmakers revealed plans for exactly how those gambling facilities might operate.

In Ohio, gamblers will be at least 21. They’ll have their choice of as many gaming tables as the owners choose to fit into the casinos, which could be open around the clock. Or they can try their luck at one of up to 5,000 slot machines. And there figures to be plenty of restaurants nearby and eventually hotels.

But unlike in Vegas, smokers will have to step outside to light up. And if they enjoy sipping alcoholic drinks, they’ll have to get those in before 2:30 a.m., when, like the rest of the state’s liquor-serving establishments, the casinos will run dry for the night.

Both the Ohio House and Senate this week introduced casino enabling language — a set of rules that will govern newly established gambling in Ohio.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment last November that allowed casinos to be built in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. The deal also required lawmakers to pass rules — such as hours of operation and creating a new state gaming commission — before June 3.

Cleveland’s casino is scheduled to open its doors in mid-2013, although an early “phase one” version in the Higbee Building next to Tower City could open much sooner. The other locations are likely to open sometime in 2012.

Next month’s deadline leaves lawmakers with just a two-week window to iron out differences in rules proposed in the House and Senate.

But despite the short time frame, the two proposals have a strong foundation of similarities that reflect the many private meetings in recent months between a small number of lawmakers who drafted the bills and folks connected to the gambling industry who courted and lobbied them.

Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert controls the Cleveland and Cincinnati casino sites, while Penn National Gaming owns those in Columbus and Toledo. Both entities had lobbied lawmakers for what they had hoped to see in the legislation. And a spokesman for them, Bob Tenenbaum, said Gilbert and Penn are thus far pleased with the introduced bills.

One key provision in the enabling language involves the creation of an Ohio Casino Control Commission, the regulatory body called for by the constitutional amendment to govern gambling. The commission would have seven members appointed by the governor who would serve staggered four-year terms. And it would have an executive director, paid up to $146,000 a year.

The commission would review applications for gambling licenses and submit annual reports to the governor and legislative leaders. A separate, legislative Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering also would be in place to review gaming laws and rules.

Powers of the casino commission and legislative gaming committee are among the areas on which the Senate and House largely agree. The rules also formally set forth the $50 million licensing fee for each location, as required by the constitutional amendment, and how taxes and other fees will be collected.

But considerable differences between the two bills remain.

A major difference in the House proposal would allow charity gaming at horse racing tracks — a proposal that could help the struggling tracks stay in business.

Charities could host card games at the tracks for up to 128 hours a year, which could be broken down into 16 eight-hour events, under the rules proposed in the House. The tracks would be entitled to 15 percent of the revenues. The casino rules proposed in the Senate do not address charity gaming at the tracks.

The Senate’s version also has weaker standards for workforce diversity and the use of local companies. The House would require operators to meet diversity goals during construction and operation of the casinos, and require operators to lay out a plan to buy from Ohio businesses.

The House version also dedicates $200 million in licensing fees to specific workforce development programs, such as an urban workforce initiative and a build-your-own-business program. The Senate version doesn’t name economic development programs the licensing fees would fund.

But lawmakers said they aren’t concerned about compromising on a bill before the deadline.

State Rep. Todd Book, a Democrat from McDermott, who introduced the House version on Tuesday with Rep. Kenny Yuko, a Richmond Heights Democrat, was hopeful the Democrat-controlled House could reach a swift compromise with the Senate, which has Republicans in 21 of 33 seats.

“I have every reason to believe both chambers can work together and pass regulations for Ohio casinos,” Book said in a statement.

Senate President Bill Harris, an Ashland Republican, also sounded optimistic.

A Senate committee on government oversight will hold a public hearing on the proposed gaming rules this morning at the Statehouse with testimony expected from executives from Penn National.

By Joe Guillen
Cleveland, May 18, 2010

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1 comment to Rules for Ohio casinos: No smoking, no alcohol after 2:30 a.m.

  • Geauga Lady

    No smoking, no free adult beverages, no money to the casinos from me. I get free rooms in Vegas. And I’ll glady drive 20 minutes more to Erie.

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