Thursday, June 3, 2004

Video gambling effort likely to fail

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Three state representatives have tried to resurrect a proposal to let voters choose whether to put slot machines at racetracks.

Democratic Reps. Claudette Woodard of Cleveland Heights, Annie Key of Cleveland and Barbara Sykes of Akron Tuesday used a procedural maneuver to ask the House to reconsider last week's vote on the proposal.

The House fell three votes short of the three-fifths majority needed to put the slots plan on the November ballot last Thursday, during the last session before a summer recess.

To qualify for the ballot, the measure must clear the House and Senate by Aug. 4.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, a Glenford Republican, indicated the proposal won't make the deadline.

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