by John Kady
The Ohio Attorney General's office has asked the state Supreme Court not to hear an appeal by a public policy group challenging the 2011 law authorizing video lottery terminals at racetracks.
The Ohio Roundtable has fought the VLT law because it believes the machines should have been subject to a statewide referendum in the same manner as the four full-scale casinos in Ohio.
Thus far the Ohio Roundtable's case has been rejected by Franklin County Common Pleas Court and the state Court of Appeals. In the meantime, two racetracks have opened their VLT operations, and five other tracks are in the process of building VLT casinos or relocating to build the parlors.
The state Attorney General's office said it plans to file briefs with the Supreme Court May 28.