No gambling expansion on horizon as Legislature adjourns

28 May 2014

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned on Friday, May 16, without passing–or even considering–any measures that would have expanded gambling in the state.The only gambling-related measure to pass was a bill prohibiting the Minnesota Lottery from selling instant scratch games online, at gas pumps and at ATM machines. The Lottery had begun selling the games online last year. Lawmakers felt the Lottery had exceeded its authority in launching the online sales without legislative approval, and the bill passed with strong bipartisan support. Governor Dayton has until May 30 to sign or veto the measure.

MIGA tribes can’t afford to become complacent, though, said MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy. “The Legislature had other priorities on its plate this year, and gambling expansion wasn’t on the radar screen,” McCarthy said. “But the pro-expansion forces haven’t given up. They’ll be back when they see an opportunity to move their agenda forward.”