Effort to repeal Internet cafe crackdown continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors says they have enough signatures to block the law from taking effect.

A spokesman for the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs says the group plans to file more than 400,000 signatures Tuesday with the secretary of state in their effort to have voters repeal the measure next year.

Those signatures would still have to be verified. The group needs more than 231,000 valid signatures to place a referendum on the ballot.

The opponent group wants legislators to pass a new law that regulates the industry and shuts down what it calls rogue operators.

More than 620 Internet cafes operate in Ohio, representing competition to legalized casinos and charity games.

The law's supporters say Internet cafes were harboring illegal gambling.

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