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Democrats Running For Governor Voice Concerns On Sports Betting Bill

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
John Locher
Associated Press

Lawmakers are set to meet Wednesday to hammer out their differences over a bill to legalize sports gambling in Ohio. The two Democrats running for governor said they’re concerned about not only what the bill will include, but also the process they say Republicans are using to get that bill passed.

Cincinnati mayor John Cranley said he’s worried sports betting will land with the Casino Control Commission, which he thinks is unconstitutional. Cranley said if he’s elected and lawsuits have tied up the bill, he’ll put the Ohio Lottery in charge, with profits going to education and with small businesses throughout Ohio getting sports betting opportunities, not just the four casinos.

“I'll appoint members of the Lottery Commission as governor to enact sports betting in a way that will help public schools, not screw public schools and help small towns and businesses throughout Ohio and not screw them,” said Cranley.

Cranley’s primary opponent, Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, doesn’t have a specific plan but said she’s not happy about the lack of transparency and that in the end, the state needs to have full oversight.

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