By Sue Bazzoli, Manager of Administrative Services

Matt Schuler speaking at the ONA training.

Matt Schuler speaking at the ONA training.

The Ohio Newspaper Association along with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters held a successful session at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus on May 16.  Matt Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, gave an overview of the commission’s responsibilities and regulations. He discussed the history of gambling in Ohio, the two failed constitutional amendments to allow gambling in Ohio and finally the passage in 2009.  Licensing, investigations, regulatory compliance, sanctions, enforcement, and regional competition were outlined.

A panel discussion moderated by Steve Wartenberg of the Columbus Dispatch with Luther Heckman, Northfield Park, and Ohio University Professor Alan Silver, a nationally known expert on casino operations, reported on the economic impact of casinos and racinos.  Professor Silver’s presentation can be downloaded here.

The second panel of Steve Wartenberg, Danielle Elias of WBNS-10TV and Alex Coolidge of the Cincinnati Enquirer brainstormed about ideas for covering gaming as reporters.  Elias presented some of the feature media segments she did about the Columbus casino.

The day ended with Coolidge leading a discussion from Rob Walgate, vice president of The American Policy Roundtable, and Daniel Reinhard, vice president of legal and government affairs for Rock Gaming LLC on policy issues and concerns Ohio faces with gaming.

ONA urges it members to view the 2013 training schedule at and to take advantage of the training opportunities offered to members of ONA at reasonable fees.

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