It is not often you see Republicans and Democrats patting each other on the back for imposing new regulations that will hurt business. It's even rarer to see state Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, being proud he led such a charge.
Of course, the businesses involved are the more than 800 sweepstakes parlors that have been multiplying like rabbits across the state and are ripe for corruption. Attorney General Mike DeWine calls the parlors a nest for "hard-core gambling," noting they are nothing more than consumer rip-offs and storefronts that harbor money laundering and other illegal activities.
Under the new legislation, no new sweepstake parlor can open until June 30, 2013. This six-month waiting period will give lawmakers more time to fix potential problems.
The House bill passed by a 2-to-1 margin, ... with 60 of the state's 90 representatives voting for the ban. It quickly moved through the Senate and was passed with an emergency clause, meaning it will be effective immediately upon the governor's signature.
It was the correct course to take, but not an easy course.
Recent weeks saw furious rounds of complicated backroom negotiations that almost resulted in a patchwork of regulations that would have kept the parlors open....
The world of gambling now embraced by Ohio has brought about an entirely new age of governing. It's one filled with an entirely new set of complications, frustrations, determination, and in this case, lots of closely enforced regulations.
The Lima News