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Ohio Internet cafe owners organizing to lobby

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Owners of Ohio storefront gambling-style operations known as Internet cafes want to press their case against state regulations that could amount to a ban.

The group called the Internet Cafe Coalition of Ohio has launched a website and will organize owners to lobby state lawmakers.

Last month the president of the Ohio Senate put off a vote on a House-passed bill regulating Internet cafes, saying there was too little time to consider the measure.

The House-passed bill would have shut down nearly all of the estimated 800 sites by narrowly defining what counts as a sweepstake.

Opponents say the Internet cafe computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes amount to illegal gambling.

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