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Sports gambling proposal by Republican senator kicks off issue for 2024

Sen. Jeremy Miller seeks compromise to help tribes, tracks and Minnesotans who want to bet

A new proposal to legalize sports gambling from a prominent state Republican senator is a sign that lawmakers will be wrestling with the issue anew in the upcoming legislative session.

Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, said Wednesday that he's attempting to satisfy all involved: the state's Indian tribes, the professional sports teams and the two horse-racing tracks. "I believe this type of proposal could get the bipartisan support it needs in the Legislature to pass," Miller said in an interview.

He intends to introduce a bill detailing his proposal on the first day of session Feb. 12. Extensive public and private debate on various options are likely, as initial reaction to Miller's plan was tempered.


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