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Legislature again tries to end online lottery games

Minnesota legislators are taking another shot at ending the state’s online lottery games.

The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would forbid online games, as well as those at automated teller machines and on fuel pumps. The state House has a similar bill in the works.

Sound familiar? Legislators passed the same measure last year, overwhelming deciding to forbid the online games because they felt the lottery office had overstepped its bounds in creating them.

The state has a contract for the games through 2018, and it could cost $12 million to end the contract early. 

Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the legislation last year, saying the lottery director does have authority to create the games. (It was the only bill he vetoed last session, out of the 170 bills sent his way.)

The Fargo Forum notes that Dayton may be softening his stance on the issue this year, saying he’ll wait to see the final wording before making up his mind.

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