State Sen. Dick Day, a sixth-term Republican from Owatonna, will resign his seat next month and work as a full-time lobbyist in the push to allow slot machines and video games at the Canterbury Park and Running Aces horse racing tracks, says MPR’s Polinaut blog.
He’ll lead a grass-roots group called Racino Now.
Day has worked to get a “racino” law passed before, but now wants to devote full time to the effort, telling MPR:
“I don’t have enough time to go legislate 201 legislators, because I have my own senate district, and we’re trying to get roads and schools and a whole host of things done. So what happens is nobody is actually stayed on it and talked to legislators every single day about this.”
If passed, he thinks it would raise $125 million a year for the state, which could go towards a Vikings stadium or other projects, he said.
MPR said the decision will require a special election in District 26.