Tue. 1:03pm: Effort to repeal Internet cafe crackdown continues

COLUMBUS (AP) – Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors plan to submit enough signatures to the state today to block the law from taking effect.

Those signatures would still have to be verified by local elections boards once they’re filed with Secretary of State John Husted’s office. But the petitions, from the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs, could keep the law from kicking in Wednesday while the signatures are checked.

Committee spokesman Mark Weaver said the group is expected to file more than 400,000 signatures in its effort to have voters repeal the measure next year. The group needs more than 231,000 valid signatures to place a referendum on the November 2014 ballot.

A count by the Ohio attorney general’s office found that more than 620 Internet cafes are in operation across the state, representing growing competition to legalized casinos and games held for charity.