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  • Minnesota Home Speaker Melissa Hortman says sports activities betting has run out of time within the state
  • Legalized sports activities betting should wait for one more likelihood in 2024
  • Regardless of late push within the Senate, votes for a sports activities betting invoice weren’t there

One other 12 months, one other session with out legalized Minnesota sports activities betting.

Minnesota Home Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-34B) broke the information at a press convention this afternoon when requested if sports activities betting can be handed within the remaining few days of the Minnesota legislative session.

“I believe we’re most likely out of time. Within the Home, it has two or three committees and we’re not going to have the ability to take individuals away from the ground to have that invoice transfer by the committees that it will must. I believe that there’s a coalition of parents who’re nonetheless actually all for ensuring that that will get accomplished. I simply don’t assume it should get accomplished this session,” she mentioned.

The ultimate day of the Minnesota session is Monday, Could 22, however may very well be adjourned earlier.

Disappointing Finish for Minnesota Sports activities Betting

With just a few days left within the legislative session, it’s unsurprising that sports activities betting was not a precedence for state lawmakers. Regardless of having momentum in each the Home of Representatives and Senate earlier within the 12 months, sports activities betting discussions stalled for a number of months within the North Star State.

Earlier this month, Sen. Matt Klein (DFL-53) proposed a number of amendments to his sports activities betting invoice, SF 1949, throughout a Senate State and Native Authorities Committee listening to, one in all which might ship 30% of the state’s sports activities betting tax revenues to a newly created fund to help Minnesota’s horse tracks.

With the modification, Klein hoped to appease state race tracks being prohibited from providing sports activities betting on their very own. The committee heard testimony on the invoice, however took no motion.

Representatives for each horse tracks within the state, Working Aces and Canterbury Park, thanked the Senator for together with the modification, however didn’t help the modifications through the committee listening to.

That may be so far as the invoice would journey.

The listening to was the primary in months for sports activities betting for the reason that Minnesota Home Judiciary Finance and Civil Legislation Committee voted in favor of Rep. Zack Stephenson’s (DFL-Coon Rapids) sports activities betting invoice, HF 2000, in early March.

Stephenson’s invoice, like Klein’s, gave Minnesota tribes unique management over retail and on-line sports activities betting within the state. Representatives for the horse tracks opposed each payments, citing the potential injury sports activities betting would do to the horse racing business in Minnesota.

Throughout an earlier listening to, Tracie Wilson, CFO of Working Aces, mentioned it’s “important that the state’s two race tracks be handled pretty with respect to any sports activities betting enlargement.”

“Whereas we respect Sen. Klein’s efforts, Working Aces might want to discover different sources of income to offset the misplaced income with the present model of the sports activities betting invoice. Sports activities betting will end in a major lack of income for Working Aces. The tracks stand to lose revenues which might be essential to maintain your complete operations with a view to help horse racing,” she mentioned.

Neither Stephenson or Klein might rally sufficient help to cross both of their payments.

What’s Subsequent for Minnesota Sports activities Betting?

It’s probably lawmakers will once more take up sports activities betting discussions within the 2024, however what must occur to get a legislation throughout the end line? Initially, any lawmaker enterprise sports activities betting should discover a essential compromise with the state horse tracks to legalize sports activities betting.

Each Stephenson and Klein have mentioned that tribes can have exclusivity for sports activities betting.

An settlement on income sharing, as an example, would probably go a protracted approach to getting a invoice finalized. Andy Platto, govt director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Affiliation (MIGA), mentioned MIGA wouldn’t take an official stance on Klein’s income sharing modification, however the group would nonetheless help the invoice if it was included.

Discovering a quantity to appease each the tribes and tracks could be the solely answer to legalized Minnesota sports activities betting.

Robert Linnehan

Regulatory Author and Editor