COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled an anti-gambling group fighting Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-sik’s) decision to legalize slots-like video lottery terminals at seven horse tracks lacks standing to sue while another plaintiff can continue his challenge.
Thursday’s ruling upholds a lower court ruling that the Ohio Roundtable and others lacked legal standing. It reversed the dismissal of another plaintiff’s challenge before he had a change to present arguments.
The group filed its lawsuit in 2011 against Kasich and various Ohio agencies. It argued that it was unconstitutional to expand the lottery without putting the question to voters. The state’s attorneys say Kasich was within his rights.
The group says it’s disappointed with Thursday’s ruling and is weighing its options. The state says Ohio likely will prevail in the remaining challenge.