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House says 'no to casino measure

ND Legislature

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Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot).

The state House has rejected a proposed Constitutional amendment to allow up to six loff-reservation private casinos to be built in North Dakota.

The casinos would have to be at least 40 miles from reservations – because the reservations already have casinos. Supporters say this would allow the state to write the rules governing the casinos – and they say some people are ready to put the measure on the ballots through initiated measure. The Legislature’s measure would also have to be voted on by the people. House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo), the bill's sponsor, said he wanted the Legislature to have control.

"If we don't get out in front of an issue, we may not be able to run fast enough to keep up with the issue," said Rep. Andy Maragos (R-Minot).

Opponents didn't like the expansion of gambling.

"If people really want this, I say let 'em put it on the ballot," said Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot).

28 Representatives voted in favor of the amendment – 63 said no.

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