Petitioners seeking a referendum on a new state law to put sweepstakes parlors out of business dropped their effort last week, saying they had not been able to gather enough signatures. So the law went into effect, shutting down what amounted to an unvoted, unauthorized expansion of gambling.
The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs, representing the parlors, blamed more stringent signature-gathering rules recently enacted by the legislature.
But could it be that Ohioans are growing wary of getting fleeced? Everywhere you look, there are casinos, racinos and the Ohio Lottery, all looking to lighten the same wallets.