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In November, voters in the state of Ohio did something they had never done before, they approved casino gambling in the state. Now, those same voters will have to go back to the polling booths to determine the location of a Columbus casino.
After voters approved four casinos, one each for Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati, there were groups that opposed the location of the Columbus casino. The original ballot question had specific locations for the casinos.
The arena District was chosen for Columbus, but business owners did not want the casino built in that area. They felt the casino would be best-served in another location in Columbus. The mayor suggested several potential sites to Penn National Gaming, the developer of the casino.
Penn National agreed to build the casino on the former Delphi Corp. plant, but the city and the developer did not have the right to change the location of the casino. In order to change the location, another amendment would have to be voted on by residents in the state.
On Wednesday, the Ohio House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal for the May ballot. The House voted 71-26 on the issue. The Senate had already approved the measure on Tuesday, leaving the House as the only hurdle.
The other three cities have had no such issues with their casinos. The four casinos are expected to bring thousands of jobs to Ohio residents and millions of dollars to the state in tax revenue.…