While trouble looms in the Senate, Minnesota House is expected to pass sports betting legislation Thursday.
An industry source told LSR the votes are there to pass the House, but Republican votes will be sparse. The session ends May 23.
Minnesota Senate quiet on issue
The sports betting bill might make it past the House, but it will run into roadblocks in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller told Fox 9 reporter Theo Keith that sports betting is “running out of time.”
Sports betting has little traction with Senate Republicans. The chamber’s proponents also want to include race tracks and professional sports stadiums, a likely dealbreaker for the tribal compromise behind House legislation.
Progress made in Minnesota
The tribal opinions shifted and the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association started to back Stephenson’s proposal during committee meetings.
If the Senate proponents are not willing to budge on their desires, however, it appears that support might wane.
Minnesota sports betting proposal
Stephenson’s bill up for a House vote legalizes sports betting through the 11 federally-recognized tribes in Minnesota. The legislation creates 11 online sports betting skins, one for each of the tribes, which could also open retail sportsbooks at their casinos.
“I do want taxes low,” Stephenson said at the last committee hearing. “A primary purpose of this is to defeat the black market. Another primary purpose of this bill is to be honest about what’s happening in Minnesota and address it honestly.”