Ohio governor would 'likely' veto slots proposal

Apr 10, 2009 6:43 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says he would "likely" veto a proposal to put slot machines at racetracks across the state.

Strickland said Thursday he remains opposed to expanded gambling, particularly through measures that could become law without the consent of Ohio voters.

The Ohio Racing Commission has endorsed a proposal from track owners that would allow the Legislature to put lottery-run slot machines at the state's seven horse tracks. No ballot measure would be put before voters.

Some lawmakers are considering the idea to help raise revenue for the state during a severe economic downturn.

Strickland previously expanded the lottery with the Keno game but said a reasonable person would see the difference between that and thousands of slot machines.