COLUMBUS — Ohio’s attorney general has ordered veterans and fraternal groups to stop operating electronic raffle machines that he describes as illegal slot games.
Attorney General Mike DeWine ordered that the devices be removed by Aug. 1 but delayed enforcing the ban because lawmakers said they were considering legalizing the machines. Such legislation has not been introduced.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the head of his office’s charitable law section sent a letter to the veterans and fraternal groups Wednesday. It says DeWine wants to work with the groups but can’t continue delaying enforcement because there’s been no action on the issue at the Legislature.
The order came hours after veterans hoping to continue with the games rallied at the Statehouse. At least 670 of the machines are used around Ohio.
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.