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Ohio Track Relocation Bill To Gov. Kasich

Published: June 29, 2011 10:31 am ET

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The Ohio bill which would create a streamlined process for Penn National Gaming-owned racetracks to relocate within the state went between the House and the Senate yesterday before stopping on the desk of Governor John Kasich.

According to a report by The Toledo Blade, the bill went to the Senate before being sent back to the House with an amendment. The House then passed the legislation and sent it to Governor Kasich.

The bill would make the process of relocating Raceway Park and Beulah Park within the state an easier process. It would be advantageous for the raceways --- which would be eligible to apply to become racinos --- to relocate due to casinos which are being erected close to their current locations.

"I agree with what the casino people are saying," Senator Edna Brown was quoted as saying by The Toledo Blade. "I think it will compete with the casino if there are slot machines there. The people in Youngstown, Mahoning Valley have been trying everything they know to get something in that part of the state. … I think the racetrack will probably do better in that part of the state.''

(With files from The Toledo Blade)

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