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Minn. Lawmakers Make New Push For Gaming Increase

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ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are making a new push to let bars and restaurants increase their charitable gaming offerings to video lottery terminals, electronic bingo and electronic pull tabs.

Two Republicans legislators unveiled the latest version of the bill Tuesday.

Bar and restaurant owners have been seeking theexpansion for years but are opposed by tribal gaming interests and gambling opponents.

Backers say it will be an economic boost to struggling small-town establishments, and provide more revenue to both charities and to the state through tax proceeds.

A similar bill that would authorize e-bingo and e-pull tabs but not video lottery terminals will be heard in a legislative hearing later Tuesday.

In addition, officials and employees from tribal casinos are holding a Capitol rally in opposition to various proposals to expand gambling.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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