On April 10, 2008, Ohio officials are debating over the bill that would add keno to the Ohio Lottery. Gaming opponents are trying to block Gov. Strickland's plans to add the game to the lottery. House supporters of the anti-keno proposal commented that they will not give up on their efforts to block the proposal and believe that they might still be a way to turn the momentum in their direction.
Governor Strickland has proposed to include keno in the Ohio Lottery in order to fill in the budget deficit problem. Governor Strickland is hoping that keno will contribute 70 million dollars to the coffers of the state. It will be offered in pubs and clubs around the state. But there are some lawmakers who believe that the state can get some benefits from offering keno.
Bill Seitz, a Republican Representative from Cincinnati commented that Ohio is only losing out in opportunities to other states if they do not offer keno to their own constituents. The Keno plan of Gov. Strickland has to be approved by the legislature and the Senate. A hearing date for the anti-keno proposal of the gaming opponents has not been scheduled.