OH Supreme Court Asked to Reject VLT Suit

The Ohio Attorney General's Office took the action May 28 in Columbus.

by John Kady

The Ohio Attorney General's Office May 28 asked the state Supreme Court to reject an appeal filed by a public policy group that is challenging the constitutionality of a 2011 law that authorized video lottery terminals at racetracks.

It's another stage in a long fight by the Ohio Roundtable, which thus far has been unsuccessful in court. There is no timeframe for the state Supreme Court to issue a ruling in the case.

The Attorney General's Office in its Supreme Court filing contends the Ohio Roundtable lacks standing in challenging the constitutionality of the VLT law. Previously, the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and the Franklin County Court of Appeals rejected the Ohio Roundtable's contentions on the grounds the suit lacks standing.

Two Ohio racetracks already have installed VLTs, and five more plan to do so.