COLUMBUS — People collecting signatures on a petition aiming to block an Internet cafe law are saying they have been harassed by their opponents.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs says petition workers have recently filed police reports in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo alleging they have been threatened by individuals hired by casino stakeholders who don't want to see a ballot referendum on Internet cafes.
Signature collectors reported that opponents have “physically blocked people who were considering the petition.”
The law at stake severely limits casino-style games offered by Internet cafes.
Those interested in blocking the law must gather slightly more than 230,000 valid signatures by early September.
A Franklin County magistrate authorized a civil stalking protection order Friday in a related incident.