Boardman proposes regulations on controversial Internet cafes - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Boardman proposes regulations on controversial Internet cafes

Updated:

BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Controversial Internet cafes have popped up all over Boardman Township over the past few years.

Back in April, 21 News confirmed that there were 18 in business in the township, but to date only eight are registered with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

In July, Governor John Kasich put a moratorium into effect that would keep any new Internet cafes from opening at least for the next year.

What's at issue around the country, state, and here in the Mahoning Valley -is whether these casino style video games are considered part of a sweepstakes or illegal gambling.

Boardman Township trustees hope to pass a resolution, under civil statutes, regulating Internet cafes. The township is a home rule community, and that means it is able to propose and pass resolutions just like any city.

Jason Loree, Boardman Township Administrator, says, "We decided that if you're going to be here in Boardman, now with all the Ohio Revised Code changes, prove to us that you are a sweepstakes rather than the other way around. And in the event that they are found to be illegal at some point down the road, we at least have documentation of everybody involved."

Not only would the Internet cafe operations need to be registered with the Ohio Attorney General's Office, they would also have to be licensed by Boardman Township. That includes testing done by one of several companies to prove that the business is actually operating a sweepstakes operation.

As part of the license the business would have to pay $100 annually on each machine in operation, and they would be required to list the serial number information with the township.

Another requirement, "odds of winning" would have to be posted large enough to easily read, and no one under the age of 18 would be allowed.

"At this point, the township can't do anything in regards to them not being registered. However, what we require on our license is that they show us their attorney general application. If they don't have that, we can actually start the nuisance process," Loree says.

The fines for not complying begin at $250 dollars, and by the fourth violation would cost the business $1,000, and could possibly mean shutting down the business under civil penalties.

Loree says that while the state of Ohio's direction on Internet cafes isn't clear at this point, the township's licensing process will be.

Trustees are having a single reading on the issue on Monday evening and if approved, the Boardman Township regulations on Internet cafes would go into effect in 30 days.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:46:15 GMT
    (CSIRO via AP). This December 2016 photo provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a dead shearwater bird rests on a table next to a plastic straw and pieces of a red balloon found inside of it on North Stradbroke Is...(CSIRO via AP). This December 2016 photo provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a dead shearwater bird rests on a table next to a plastic straw and pieces of a red balloon found inside of it on North Stradbroke Is...
    Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem.More >>
    Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem.More >>
  • Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:46:13 GMT
    (Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...(Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.More >>
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.More >>
  • NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:46:06 GMT
    (SpaceX via AP). This photo released by SpaceX on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 shows a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. Once in orbit, TESS will peer at hundreds of thousands...(SpaceX via AP). This photo released by SpaceX on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 shows a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. Once in orbit, TESS will peer at hundreds of thousands...
    NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch.More >>
    NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Man enters burning home to save 2 dogs in New Castle

    Man enters burning home to save 2 dogs in New Castle

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:51:15 GMT

    A man entered a burning home in New Castle to save 2 dogs on Sunday evening.

    More >>

    A man entered a burning home in New Castle to save 2 dogs on Sunday evening.

    More >>
  • Youngstown Schools CEO continues job search

    Youngstown Schools CEO continues job search

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:49 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:49:17 GMT
    Krish MohipKrish Mohip
    Krish MohipKrish Mohip
     Youngstown City Schools CEO is job hunting once again, this time in Florida. A spokesperson for the school district confirmed to 21 News, Krish Mohip, who's been with the Youngstown School District for two years, is now on the list of 26 people being considered for a superintendent position with the Duval County Schools District. Mohip has said that concerns for his family is one of the major reasons he began looking to move on from the Youngstown schools. He's already been c...More >>
     Youngstown City Schools CEO is job hunting once again, this time in Florida. A spokesperson for the school district confirmed to 21 News, Krish Mohip, who's been with the Youngstown School District for two years, is now on the list of 26 people being considered for a superintendent position with the Duval County Schools District. Mohip has said that concerns for his family is one of the major reasons he began looking to move on from the Youngstown schools. He's already been c...More >>
  • Local figure skaters come together to fight cancer in a big way

    Local figure skaters come together to fight cancer in a big way

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:41:15 GMT

    Figure skaters from across the region laced up for the Scott Hamilton cares national  Foundation Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer.

    More >>

    Figure skaters from across the region laced up for the Scott Hamilton cares national  Foundation Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms