OH lawmakers set votes in Internet cafe crackdown

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers in Ohio are ready to vote on a pair of proposals cracking down on storefront sweepstakes parlors whose legality has been questioned.

Floor votes were scheduled Wednesday on the two bills.

The Ohio Senate will vote on an effective ban on the so-called Internet cafes. The Ohio House will vote on legislation extending a moratorium on new parlors. Both bills go next to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

The bills follow a push by top state law enforcers including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Armed with a recent court decision, DeWine has led raids on cafes in Cleveland and Mansfield.

Cafe owners and staff told lawmakers ahead of Tuesday committee votes that the ban would jeopardize their livelihoods and their ability to feed their families.

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