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Minnesota House votes to legalize sports betting


Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune file

Rep. Zack Stephenson is a chief sponsor of the sports betting legislation.

The Minnesota House voted Thursday to legalize sports betting, marking the closest the Legislature has come in years to expanding for-profit gambling in the state.

Minnesotans would be able to place bets at brick-and-mortar locations and online under the House measure, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 70-57, and was crafted with crucial input from the state's 11 tribal nations.

"This is an idea whose time has come," said Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, the bill's chief sponsor.


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