From Gongwer ($$$):
VLT Suit-Harris: On another gambling matter, Senate President Bill Harris (R-Ashland) said Tuesday he has concerns that a separate lawsuit seeking to block implementation of video lottery terminals at Ohio horse tracks will delay or derail expected revenues.
LetOhioVote.org asked the Ohio Supreme Court late Monday to clear the way for it to challenge at a referendum Gov. Ted Strickland’s plan to install up to 17,500 slot machines at the tracks through the Ohio Lottery.
“There’s no reason that this could not have been sent to the ballot,” Sen. Harris said. He noted that the litigation would produce legal expenses for the state.
The voters have shot down gambling proposals on 4 separate occasions. Senator Harris, if you’re not going to promote the House Minority’s plan to reform state government, and if you’re not going to hold Gov. Strickland’s feet to the fire on this budget then get the hell out of the way- and let Tom Brinkman and others take over.
Late today, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of a schedule for this law suit which could take up to a month for the parties involved to file arguments. (The dissenting Judges were Pfeifer and O’Connor, and both didn’t explain their objections.)
With these sorts of delays, and the possibility that Gov. Strickland doesn’t have the authority to permit VLTs at race tracks, Mr. and Mrs. Redfern should cash their checks from Mountaineer Gaming quickly.