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Ohio budget plan includes executive order for racetrack VLTs

July 10, 2009

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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Friday afternoon announced he has reached a legislative agreement for a two-year budget that includes an executive order to allow slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks.

\"Under the bipartisan agreement, I will issue a directive instructing Ohio\'s Lottery director to expeditiously take all necessary actions to implement video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks. The General Assembly will acknowledge the Lottery\'s authority to implement video lottery terminals and provide for a statutory definition of video lottery terminals and other implementation requirements in House Bill 1, the operating budget bill,\" Strickland said in a statement.
Published reports state it is unknown when Gov. Strickland will sign the executive order, but it is expected before Tuesday when the second of two, weeklong extensions of the state budget expires.


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