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Hottinger Opposes Keno Plans of Governor Strickland

On April 5th, 2008, despite the predicted budget deficit of more than $730 million, state Representative Jay Hottinger said that he is still not in favor of Gov. Strickland's plan of including keno in the Ohio Lottery to raise the money needed for the games. Strickland's proposal to raise $73 million annually by offering keno in Ohio pubs and adult-oriented establishments will be head before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review on April 21, 2008 before it is considered for funding.

Hottinger, a Republican from Newark and other critics of the Keno proposal are publicly voicing their support for the House Bill 514 of Representative John Adam, a Republican from Sidney, which will barred the Ohio Lottery from offering keno. Keno is usually played by players picking their choice of numbers from 1 to 80. Keno machines will then randomly draw twenty numbers and players can get an equivalent payout depending on how many numbers they were able to get correctly.

Games happened every twenty minutes; with the entire draw closely monitored by a close circuit T.V. Hottinger said that the game will only increase the number of gaming addicts in the state especially if those games will be featured in business establishments that offers alcoholic beverages because there is no assurance that it will not be abused. He said that the government should use the strengths of its people and not make out profits from their weaknesses.

Voters in Ohio have long opposed gaming in the state on three different situations since 1990 and Hottinger is hoping that this will be the case this time around. On November 2008, there will be a referendum for expanded gaming in Clinton County. Hottinger commented that although the budget deficit is at $733 million, the state has a lot of options where they can get the additional outcome.

Governor Strickland is hoping that the game will push through as soon as possible, according to spokesperson Keith Dailey. Strickland has the power to veto if any anti-keno bills passed in the state house.

 

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John Sullivan