Ohio Race and Sports Wagering
In 2007, the Senate passed legislation that would allow instant racing terminals (bets on past horse races) at racetracks. The legislation died when Gov. Strickland threatened to veto the bill.
In 2009, horse racing owners and supporters of the industry began trying to bring slot machines to Ohio's racetracks through a ballot initiative. The measure gathered enough support to appear on the 2010 November ballot, but was withdrawn once casinos were legalized and the governor announced he planned to bring over 17,000 slot machines to the state's seven tracks.
On 1 June 2012, Scioto Downs in Columbus was the first racetrack in Ohio to offer a VLT or slots parlor.
In July 2018, five Ohio state senators formally introduced a bill to "express the intent of the General Assembly to develop and enact legislation legalizing sports wagering."
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