Arguments in Ohio VLT Lawsuit Postponed

A public policy group is challenging a law authorizing tracks to install the devices.

by John Kady

Oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks have been postponed, officials said.

Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy Horton was expected to hear the arguments March 13, but will set a new date. It's likely the case will move forward in April.

The suit was filed by the Ohio Roundtable, a conservative anti-gambling organization that contends Republican Gov. John Kasich entered into a secret agreement with gambling companies to legalize racetrack VLTs. The Ohio legislature in 2011 passed a law authorizing the games.

Horton earlier in March allowed parties such as Penn National Gaming Inc. to intervene in the lawsuit. PNGI is building two referendum-authorized casinos in Ohio and also owns two racetracks that are eligible for VLT licenses.

All parties will be allowed to speak during the oral arguments.