Senate committee kills racino bill

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Racino supporters have been trying to get a bill through the legislature for years, to no avail.
A bill that would've allowed Minnesota's horse-racing tracks to install slot machines died yesterday following a 8-5 rejection by the Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Committee.

The bill would've used the additional gambling revenues, which were estimated to be between $87 and $120 million per year, for college scholarships for students who earn at least a 3.0 grade point average.

But legislators on both sides of the aisle expressed reservations about expanding gambling in Minnesota, raising the question of whether there's enough legislative support to approve the use of electronic pulltabs to pay for a new Vikings stadium.

Regarding the racino bill, Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, D-Minneapolis, said she "cannot support the expansion of gambling to educate our kids." Across the aisle, Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said "I think it's not in the best interests of the state to expand [gambling] farther."

But racino supporters are undeterred by yesterday's vote. Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said he and other racino supporters "kind of tested the water and found out where the rocks are." In fact, racino lobbyist and former Senate GOP leader Dick Day said he's already working on a new iteration of the racino bill.

Racino supporters have been trying to get a bill through the legislature for the better part of a decade. Though the House passed a racino bill in 2004, the proposal has never made it through both chambers.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Watch the video here- http :// www. senate. mn/media/index.php?ls=&sid=615 (pull out the spaces in the link)

Chewy
Chewy

So, the bible thumpers and the multi-culturalists have found a common cause?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

The Bible thumpers proposed the bill.  (Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester)And most of the Republicans supported the bill.

"I cannot support the expansion of gambling to educate our kids," said Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis.

Dayton is pissed, his own party will not allow him to build his legacy.

amiller92
amiller92

There are plenty of Rs who are against expanded gaming too (see Senator Hann, for example).

Tpeterson
Tpeterson

This event is unaccepable,we need state run gaming now and not for education!we id the revenue for our state,from road improvements to retire'ee's home and care and maybe to help build a home for the vikes,racino's or a private casino better yet,why let the natives live a double standard life style?enough already,the monies ponied up here will got to better the state not the selected few with the tribal indian industry.

amiller92
amiller92

Fascinating.  Never mind the slot machines that are just a few minutes away from Canterbury, or the card games and horse racing that are already gambled on there.  Adding slots would just be so extra super harmful because gambling is bad.  Yeah.  Right.

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