Effort to repeal Internet cafe crackdown continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors have submitted enough signatures to block the law from taking effect Wednesday.

The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs filed almost 434,000 signatures with the secretary of state on Tuesday in its effort to have voters repeal the measure next year.

Those signatures must still be verified by local elections boards. The group needs more than 231,000 valid signatures to place a referendum on the ballot.

The committee wants legislators to pass a new law that regulates the industry and shuts down what it calls rogue operators.

The law's supporters say Internet cafes harbor illegal gambling. The group Ohioans Against Illegal Gambling is urging county boards to scrutinize the signatures.

More than 620 Internet cafes operate in Ohio.

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