Minnesota to possibly try again to legalize sports gambling
The success of Iowa’s sports gambling industry is making lawmakers reconsider not working harder
Iowa was able to do something Minnesota couldn’t – introduce sports gambling quickly and effectively. Attempts at bringing sportsbooks to Minnesotans have continuously failed, but it’s possible that lawmakers are going to have a change of heart. Iowa has been successful with its program, and has also been drawing a large number of Minnesotans, and several legislators are embarrassed because of it.
Minnesota Senator Roger Chamberlain believes the state made a huge mistake when it allowed sports gambling legislation to fizzle earlier this year. It would have allowed sportsbooks at two racetracks and at tribal gaming venues, but the tribes weren’t ready to accept the competition from the racetracks and the bill died a slow death. Chamberlain, who sponsored the first bill, thinks Minnesota lawmakers should be ashamed of allowing Iowa to take the lead and states, “Iowa is doing it, for God’s sake. That should be embarrassment enough for us to start doing it up here.”
Pat Garofalo, a state Representative, is equally as embarrassed. Not only because sports gambling made it to Iowa before Minnesota, but because John Randle, a former Minnesota Vikings standout, was on hand for the grand opening. That must have been felt right in the gut, and Garofalo stated on Twitter, “A sportsbook in Iowa is having former MINNESOTA VIKING John Randle make their 1st bet. Not someone from Iowa, someone from MINNESOTA. elected officials in Minnesota now understand the consequences or refusing to take legislative action on sports gambling?!”
Both lawmakers are now going to try to light a fire under their associates in the two chambers and will introduce sports gambling legislation in the upcoming session. Hopefully, they’ll have better luck this time around.