In 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told nonprofit organizations that they were wrong to think their video gaming machines were permitted under the law that permitted instant bingo, punch boards and raffles, and encouraged the groups to "seek a legislative fix," according to the Gongwer Ohio Report.
These groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, attempted to "get legislative approval for about 125 video raffle machines around the state" by working to include such language as an amendment to H.B. 7 – the legislation to ban Internet cafes, the article said. These machines were set up under a pilot program in 2011 and have "brought about $3.5 million to the organizations, which split the revenue equally between the lodges and the organization's charity." Although the attorney general's office helped draft the proposal, it remained neutral on the issue.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the Ohio Senate passed H.B. 7 with no amendments. Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township) said that the Senate's decision to not make amendments to the bill was "out of concern that it could have implications on legitimate sweepstakes," CantonRep.com reports. Attorney General DeWine originally set an August 1, 2013, deadline for these nonprofit organizations to gain legislative approval for their video gaming machines. Because they were unable to gain this approval through an amendment to H.B. 7, it is expected that they will now try to "bring the measure as a stand-alone bill," Gongwer reports.