Internet cafes: Sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R- Lima), House Bill 7 effectively bans Internet cafes, or sweepstakes by sweepstakes terminals in the state. Additionally, Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Senate President Keith Faber (R- Celina) was approved this week to extend the moratorium on new establishments conducing sweepstakes by sweepstakes terminal devices, and included an emergency clause. Both bills passed this week and will be delivered to the governor for his signature.
Audit procedures: Sponsored by Senator Bob Peterson (R- Sabina), Senate Bill 67 creates an agreed-upon procedure audit for certain eligible political subdivisions. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate on May 22, 2013.
Beer distribution: Sponsored by House Assistant Majority Whip Jim Buchy (R- Greenville), House Bill 174 would prohibit a beer manufacturer from taking certain actions regarding the awarding or acquiring of beer distribution franchises or beer distribution territories prior to July 30, 2013. The bill was introduced on May 22, 2013.