April 3, 2002
Ohio House of Representatives
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Dear Representative :
letter has appeared in several major Ohio newspapers. It is
factual verification of a concern long associated with legalized
gambling expansion but unfortunately ignored by pro-gambling members
of the General Assembly and Governor Taft.
Most lawmakers are barely aware of the
Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act, the federal statute controlling
tribal gambling in America. The gambling industry understands and
utilizes that statute in an aggressive strategy to expand gambling.
This is part of their competitive leverage strategy.
Right now you're hearing all kinds of
rhetoric and promises regarding gambling expansion in Ohio. One thing
is certain, tribal gambling concerns and their allies in the gambling
industry are using every tool to expand legal definitions and land
claims to open new casinos. As this attached letter verifies, they are
watching every move made by the General Assembly and the Governor.
If racetrack casinos open in Ohio, with
or without legislative approval, tribal concerns will attempt to open
"Las Vegas" style casinos. If video slots are approved the
same result will follow. The Powerball and Big Game electronic,
on-line gambling activities, are also subject to tribal exploitation.
One court case defining such multi-state activity as a Class III
gambling activity will open the door to tribal gambling in Ohio.
There are profound consequences to any
gambling expansion in Ohio. Those who promise you they can control the
expansion via statute or the Lottery Commission obviously have not
researched the gambling industry.
That industry is desperately trying to
use the current economic difficulties to expand in several states. Of
course, they are promising gambling will relieve the current pressure
on the state budget. That promise has not been kept anywhere in
the nation - including Nevada where lawmakers are considering a state
lottery because revenue from casino gambling is faltering.
We urge you to continue searching for
the whole story on legalized gambling and not be persuaded to buy a
compromise that is based on deception. Please visit our website at www.ohioroundtable.org
for more details. We would appreciate knowing your opinion on this
important subject. Thank you for your consideration.
The Ohio Roundtable