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New bill to allow slot machines at Minn. horse tracks being introduced

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Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, planned to introduce a new racino bill Thursday, KSTP reports. Similar legislation has been defeated before, but some lawmakers believe it may help fund the state's share of the new Vikings stadium.

"This year, I reintroduced the bill, because we are going to have a shortfall in the [electronic] pull tabs situation. Which is going to be a burden on the general fund," Hackbarth said.

"The principle of fairness for harness racing and a facility that employs over 600 Minnesotans is real and we renew our call for an honest discussion on how slots at horse tracks can help the state," Running Aces board member John Derus said in a news release.

The measure, which has bi-partisan support in both chambers of the Legislature, could generate more than $100 million in annual revenue, according to a new release, Fox 9 reports.

Last summer, Canterbury Park agreed to drop its longstanding push to add slot machines in exchange for the Mdewakanton Sioux Community paying the horse track $75 million over the next decade to boost racing purses.

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