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Electronic pulltab restrictions dealt setback at Minnesota Capitol, but "it's not over until it's over"



A bar patron plays electronic pulltabs in Coon Rapids.

A push to make electronic pulltabs less like slot machines has been dealt a setback - but like most issues at the Minnesota Capitol, nothing is certain until the final gavel strikes.

One week before the Legislature is expected to gather for a special session, Rep. Zack Stephenson laid out the highlights of the Commerce, Energy and Climate bill that he had been privately negotiating.

The Coon Rapids Democrat said a key item he pushed for is absent: a proposal to alter the look and play of electronic pulltabs, found in bars and restaurants across the state. Stephenson and others have argued the electronic games have gotten too far afield from the paper version of pulltabs, and are not in keeping with the state's gaming compacts that allow slot machines only at tribal casinos.


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