“The Ohio Appellate Court has sent a clear message to Governor Kasich, the Ohio Legislature and the gambling industry. They may do whatever they please regardless of the Ohio Constitution,” Walgate said. “The message is equally clear to the voters of Ohio. Regardless of how you vote to amend the Constitution, the governor and legislature can ignore the law and cut whatever back room deals they please.”
Ohio Roundtable, which has fought gambling proposals in Ohio since 1988, filed the lawsuit in October 2011 contending the Ohio Lottery Commission’s operation of video lottery terminals at horse racing tracks violates the Ohio Constitution and Ohio law. The suit was filed just one day after Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order authorizing the State Racing Commission to pass emergency rules advancing both slot machines at horse racing tracks and relocation of racetracks to other parts of Ohio.
Penn National Inc., the gaming company proposing to transfer its Toledo racetrack to Dayton, added themselves to the complaint so they could take part in the legal argument. Bob Tenenbaum, spokesman for Penn, said the company was pleased with the ruling. Next week, Penn’s application to transfer Raceway Park to Dayton will be considered by the Ohio State Racing Commission.