Canton extends sweepstakes parlor moratorium

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A northeast Ohio city is extending its moratorium on permits for storefront sweepstakes parlors in case of legal challenges to a state law effectively banning the businesses, commonly known as Internet cafes.

Canton Councilman Edmond Mack tells The Repository the six-month extension approved this week is meant to protect the city.

The virtual ban signed by Gov. John Kasich in June restricts payouts at Internet cafes, which law enforcement officials believe have harbored illegal gambling operations. The attorney general has promised to enforce the payout limits.

Ohio has hundreds of the parlors, representing growing competition to legalized casinos and charity games.

Supporters of the businesses say that the law is too restrictive and that many of the affected stores are mom-and-pop operations providing jobs in local communities.

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