The proposal to allow casino-style gambling at Minnesota horse-racing tracks is getting a look at a Capitol hearing. The proposal to authorize the so-called racinos has percolated at the Legislature for years but been thwarted by opposition from tribal casino interests and gambling opponents.
Developers have plans for a gambling and entertainment hub in downtown Minneapolis that they say could draw tourists from across the Upper Midwest. Alatus LLC will take its plans for the Las Vegas-style casino, restaurant and retail complex to the state Capitol Wednesday.
The proposal to add casino-style gambling to at least two Minnesota horse-racing tracks gets its first committee hearing of the current legislative session. The Senate state government panel hears the so-called "racino" proposal in a hearing Wednesday evening.
Two veteran Republican lawmakers from southern Minnesota are the chief sponsors of the latest bill seeking to allow horse racing tracks to install video slot machines. The push to expand casino-style gambling has been regularly stymied at the Capitol.