State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed Senate Bill 115, legislation to strengthen the sweepstakes parlor moratorium language that was passed during the 129th General Assembly.

Key provisions of S.B. 115 include:
• Extending by one year a moratorium that prohibits a person from conducting a sweepstakes through the use of a sweepstakes terminal device if the person has not conducted such a sweepstakes before June 11, 2012
• Requiring a sweepstakes establishment to file a new affidavit with the Attorney General
• Extending by one year the authority of the Attorney General (or the appropriate county prosecuting attorney) to bring an injunction action and a contempt action against a sweepstakes establishment that violates the moratorium, and allows an injunction action against a sweepstakes establishment for failure to file a new affidavit
• Permitting the Attorney General to impose a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for each day a person violates the requirement to file a new affidavit
• Allows a county prosecuting attorney to prosecute a criminal action for falsification against any person who provides false information on the new affidavit

“These sweepstakes parlors have been a hot issue with a lot of debate at the Statehouse,” Rep. Romanchuk. “Expanding the moratorium on them gives us added time to put in place a real and long-lasting solution to this issue.”

Senate Bill 115 was introduced by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) in April. The House also passed sweepstakes legislation—House Bill 7—on March 13 in an effort to provide oversight to the industry and prohibit sweepstakes gaming under certain conditions.

Senate Bill 115 will now be sent to Governor Kasich for his signature.

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