Bill Stemming Lottery Power Heads to Minnesota House Floor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The bill to restrict the venues for Minnesota lottery ticket sales is headed to the House floor for a vote.
A final committee endorsed the proposal Monday amid calls by some lawmakers to seek a compromise with Gov. Mark Dayton rather than provoke a veto. Dayton has voiced opposition to the bill, but also a willingness to negotiate over it.
The bill would suspend online sales of instant-win tickets and bar the lottery from selling tickets through gas pumps and ATMs. The lottery is doing all three now, but lawmakers question the lottery's authority to do so.
Lottery officials warn the bill would expose the state to lawsuits from vendors and harm ticket sales going forward. Lottery proceeds are split between the general treasury and environmental programs.