SB115, which extends the moratorium on Internet cafes to June 30, 2014, passed in the Ohio Senate unanimously. The bill will now go to the Ohio House for consideration. If passed, it becomes effective immediately upon signature by the Governor because of an emergency clause. The emergency clause was needed to cover the gap between the expiration of the current moratorium (June 30, 2013) and the date any legislation banning or regulating Internet cafes would take place (90 days after being signed by the Governor).
Meanwhile, Senator Schiavoni has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3, which would put the issue of Internet cafes before the voters. To get on the November ballot, SJR 3 requires a three-fifths majority vote by the House and Senate. If SJR 3 is placed on the ballot and passed by voters, Article 15 of the Ohio Constitution would be amended to either allow or ban Internet cafes, depending on what voters chose.