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Tribal gaming ban bill stopped by House committee

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 12:53:06-05

A bill to ban video gambling machines in tribal casinos failed to hit the jackpot inside the House State Affairs Committee. 

Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, introduced legislation earlier this month that would remove a key section of 2002 law that says video machines could not be defined as illegal slot machines and are not a simulation of casino gambling as long as the machines do not have a lever or dispense coins. 

The proposal would have allowed the banning of the machines even if they do not have a lever or dispense coins.

Testimony on the bill began on Tuesday. 

The committee voted 8-7 on Thursday to stop the bill from advancing.