A bill moving through the House will eliminate games that “display or simulate any other form of gambling, entertainment, slot machines, electronic video lotteries, or video games of chance.” This bill is targeting E-Pull Tabs, which provide funding for Minnesota charities, bars, and restaurants.
“Electronic pull tabs are good for Minnesota.” Senator Gene Dornink (R-Hayfield) said. “Our restaurants, VFWs, charities, and other organizations have been through one of the most difficult years in recent memory. They rely on the revenue from these games and now is the worst time to take it away.”
In 2012, a bipartisan agreement allowed e-pull tabs and bingo to be a funding source for the state’s share of the Minnesota Vikings stadium. More recently, an Administrative Law Judge ruled that e-pull tabs also do not violate the tribal gaming monopoly in Minnesota.