Republicans in charge of the Ohio House unveiled their first 10 bills for the new legislative session. Among the items was a proposal to regulate — at last — Internet cafes, or sweepstakes parlors. Lawmakers spent much of last year discussing the idea only to let the opportunity slip.
The gambling establishments, numbering more than 800 across the state, now operate with little oversight, unless local governments take steps, as Summit County has. Put together, the cafes, or parlors, amount to a significant gambling entity, not unlike the many electronic slots at racetracks.
Think lawmakers would allow a casino to open without setting rules and oversight? Of course not. So it should be with Internet cafes, and quickly, so much groundwork already laid.