Veterans gaming bill up for debate

State lawmakers are expected to take up a bill that would temporarily allow veterans and fraternal organizations to run video lottery machines that had been shuttered by state officials last fall.  The groups have turned out in force at legislative hall, marching around the building with protest signs, saying the loss of the slot revenue has damaged their ability to function.  The bill up for debate today would allow up to 20 machines, and would require players to be paid 50 to 70 percent of each dollar put in.  After pay out, 43.5 percent of the proceeds would be paid to the state.  The bill would sunset on June 30, with hopes that a more permanent solution would be in place by then.

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