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Lawmaker says lax oversight of casinos will lead to hearings, changes

Slot machines in Minnesota's three largest casinos have not been inspected since 2007. Representative Steve Drazkowski says Capitol hearings are in the works and Governor Dayton has promised changes in the agency that regulates gambling.
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Slot machines in Minnesota's three largest casinos have not been inspected since 2007. Representative Steve Drazkowski says Capitol hearings are in the works and Governor Dayton has promised changes in the agency that regulates gambling.

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Minnesota Indian tribes have long opposed proposals to put casino gambling in race tracks. State Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) now suggests having the tribes share in the revenue from slot machines, along with the state and the horse racing industry. "It may be just the perfect storm that everybody comes together," Kelly says.

Will Minnesota lawmakers go after gambling revenue?

Minnesota's 18 Indian casinos bring in an estimated $15 billion a year. Part of this revenue could help finance a new Vikings stadium, but it's still unclear if the Governor and GOP leaders will consider expanding casino gambling to an off-reservation site. The Star Tribune reports tribal leaders and a battalion of lobbyists are preparing for a potentially fierce battle at the State Capitol.

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