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Ohio Internet cafes to file new affidavits by June

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is telling more than 600 Internet cafes to file new affidavits with his office by next month.

Attorney General Mike DeWine sent letters Wednesday informing the facilities of a newly signed law that establishes the registration requirements. It took effect Tuesday with Gov. John Kasich's signature.

The law also extends the state's current moratorium on the opening of new sweepstakes gambling operations until June 2014. At the storefront operations, patrons buy cards for phone and Internet time with chances to play computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes.

DeWine is giving cafe operators until June 27 to submit the new affidavits.

The Legislature also passed a bill that would effectively ban the cafes. The governor is expected to sign it.

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