Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says many of the businesses are fronts for organized crime
The Ohio Senate has okayed a bill that would eliminate internet cafes in the state. It now heads to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure.
More than 600 of the businesses have popped up in recent years. Patrons buy cards for phone and internet time with chances to play computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes. Senator John Eklund argues- they are nothing more than illegal gambling operations.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says many of the businesses are fronts for organized crime. Supporters of internet cafes say eliminating them will cost six to eight thousand people their jobs. They favor regualtion instead.