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North Dakota Senate rejects bill on historic horse racing

March 22, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races has been killed in the North Dakota Senate.

Senators on Friday rejected the House bill 41-3 that would have allowed wagering on prior horse races shown on video screens.

Supporters say allowing historic horse racing would help North Dakota’s struggling live horse racing industry and raise money for charitable causes and the state, including its compulsive gambling treatment program.

Opponents say the machines would effectively open the door to casino gambling because they run fast like regular slots and can be just as addictive.

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