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Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on legal standing in anti-gambling group's slots challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court alleges Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) unconstitutionally legalized video lottery terminals at seven Ohio horse tracks and shared proceeds with casino operators running the facilities.

The conservative anti-gambling group Ohio Roundtable sued on behalf of a recovering gambling addict. They argue Kasich improperly expanded the Ohio Lottery by allowing the slots-like machines without getting voter approval.

Attorneys for the state say the governor was within his rights. The court heard arguments from both sides Tuesday on whether the Roundtable can proceed with the lawsuit.

The court had postponed proceedings while a similar issue was resolved involving Kasich's privatized job-creation office, JobsOhio. The administration won that case last year.

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