Thursday, January 10, 2013
Council has decided it will push forward without the guidance of the Ohio General Assembly on how to regulate and restrict Internet sweepstakes cafes.
After three years, Fairlawn's city and elected officials have grown tired of waiting for the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation on the regulation of Internet sweepstakes cafes. This spring, Fairlawn's moratorium on the cafes — originally imposed in 2011, and extended twice — will be lifted. When that happens, the city aims to have ordinances in place to regulate the cafes and restrict them to an unspecified number of districts in the city, said Fairlawn Law Director Edward Riegler. Discussion to move forward came up last month and was revisited at Monday's Council meeting. Riegler said the next step is for local officials to hold a public meeting and discuss possible zoning code changes that would mirror the yet-to-be-determined …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A bill regulating the cafes awaits Ohio House approval, and council will decide what to do after it passes or fails.
Fairlawn City Council has decided it's in the city's best interest to extend a moratorium on any Internet sweepstakes cafes until the state passes regulation legislation. Council will vote to extend an existing moratorium next Monday. Council met in a committee meeting Monday night at City Hall. "The (state) senate passed a law with a moratorium on all new devices last week," said city Law Director Edward Riegler. "Now the bill is in the state House and it's only half approved so I want to extend our moratorium until wee see what the state does." City administration has already drafted two pieces of legislation that would regulate the cafes, should any come to the city. At Internet sweepstakes cafes, customers buy phone cards for any …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Fairlawn has drafted legislation to regulate Internet sweepstakes cafes and will discuss it more tonight.
Fairlawn City Council has been waiting for the state to pass legislation regarding the regulation of Internet sweepstakes cafes, but it has yet to do so. So, in order to be proactive, the city has drafted up some ordinances to regulate the cafes, should anyone apply to open one in the city. At Internet sweepstakes cafes, customers buy phone cards for any amount of money, and that money correlates to sweepstakes points. The customer uses the card to get on the Internet to surf or play sweepstakes games. Customers have the potential to win money, but the games are not considered gambling since the chance of winning is predetermined. The city extended a moratorium on the cafes coming to the city in February. "We anticipated the state would …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Fairlawn Committee of the Whole meets Monday at 6 p.m.
Fairlawn City Council members will get down to business discussing the regulation Internet sweepstakes cafes and panhandling at tonight's committee of the whole meeting. A number of safety and welfare concerns have been raised concerning the act of panhandling on several of the city's street corners, said Fairlawn Mayor William Roth. Drafted legislation looks at regulating the time, manner and conduct of panhandling. The city has also drafted legislation that would allow Internet sweepstakes cafes to open shop. Officials were waiting for the state to pass regulations, but since it hasn't, Fairlawn officials are stepping forward. The meeting starts tonight at 6 p.m.