Updated Wed, Jun 5, 2013 11:04 am
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed into law an effective ban on storefront sweepstakes parlors that legislators had become convinced were harboring illegal gambling operations.
The Republican earlier signed an immediate moratorium on opening new Internet cafes effective until the law signed Tuesday takes effect.
More than 620 Internet cafes operate in Ohio, representing growing competition to legalized casinos and charity games.
The facilities' employees say the operations are legal and their livelihoods could be ruined.
A group of local government officials who oppose the new law want voters to decide its fate. They're preparing an effort to overturn the law through a referendum on the ballot.