Ohio sports gambling bill faces constitutional scrutiny

A bill that would legalize sports gambling in Ohio is coming under constitutional scrutiny by state Sen. Majority Leader Larry Obhof, R-Medina.

“The Constitution basically limits gambling to the voter-approved casinos, charitable gaming and the lottery,” John Fortney, a spokesperson for Obhof, told Watchdog.org. Obhof has argued that the state might only be able to legalize sports gambling through a Constitutional amendment, which is how casino gambling was legalized in 2009.

Article XV, Section 6 of Ohio’s Constitution states that lotteries and the sale of lottery tickets for any purpose are prohibited by the state unless it is expressly listed as permissible in the Constitution. The section goes on to list casinos, the state lottery and charity as permissible and has no mention of sports gambling.

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