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Gambling efforts ramping up; announcement expected Tuesday

Gambling action at the Legislature is going to be hot and heavy come January.
Profit Minnesota, an organization backed by the state’s bar and restaurant owners, is poised to launch a new “grass-roots” campaign Tuesday to promote state-regulated gam

Gambling action at the Legislature is going to be hot and heavy come January.

Profit Minnesota, an organization backed by the state’s bar and restaurant owners, is poised to launch a new “grass-roots” campaign Tuesday to promote state-regulated gaming in bars and restaurants.

According to a release this morning, Profit Minnesota’s partner organizations includes the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association and Hospitality Minnesota.

With the $6 billion state budget deficit, various pro-gambling forces plan major efforts at the Legislature in 2011.

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Canterbury Park and others will be lobbying for a “racino” at the Shakopee track. DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton has proposed a casino at either the Mall of America or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Bar and restaurant owners have previously supported expanding electronic pulltabs, and video bingo games, among others. Here’s what the MLBA backed in the 2010 legislative session.