OHIO POLITICS (a day late)
I have read Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy Horton’s decision in which he denied Ohio Roundtable the legal standing to sue the State of Ohio for allowing casinos at racetracks, in addition to the four casinos too-specifically authorized by Article XV, Section 6(C) of the Ohio Constitution.
Judge Horton’s reasoning impresses this layman as legally sound. We cannot clog up our courts with cases from people who are not directly affected by the outcome of a legal process. But it is unfortunate, because it promotes contempt for the Ohio Constitution, next to the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of our state. Article XV, Section 6(C) makes no provision for any casinos in Ohio other than the free-standing ones being built in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus (which, by the way, didn’t want it), and Cincinnati.
We could hope that one of the casino developers (Penn National, owner of Hollywood Casino in Columbus would be a prime candidate) to sue the state for allowing racetracks to compete, contrary to the Ohio Constitution. They clearly have standing, since nearby competition would affect its bottom line; however, it appears that Penn National has no strong desire to do so.
The Ohio Roundtable may not have had the standing to pursue this case, but its points, as expressed by group vice president Rob Walgate, are still valid and need to be considered:
What the judge has said by passing on this, he, in essence, has said it’s legal to have any type of gambling you want anywhere… This is (about) much, much more than gambling. This is about the rule of law.
In the next month, I have several commitments that will not allow me time to continue blogging at this time. Except for a blog post July 4, I will not write anything new until July 10. I appreciate your patience, and as always, your continued support.