Push to Roll Back Perceived Harmful Changes to Electronic Pull-Tabs Appearance Ahead of Legislative Session

February 11, 2024 | Legislature

Minnesota (February 9, 2024) — According to local media reports it appears that there is a contentious issue in Minnesota related to electronic pull tabs, with a push to roll back perceived harmful changes to their appearance. The controversy stems from Native American tribes arguing that these electronic pull tabs resemble slot machines, an appeals court ruling them illegal in their current form, and recent legislation passed by a DFL-controlled legislature following that court decision.

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle held an ‘E-tab townhall’ at Anoka’s American Legion Post 102 to discuss concerns and potential solutions. The Republican representatives expressed feeling left out of the conversation during the passage of last year’s legislation.

The current electronic pull tab games have features like an “open all” button with bonuses, similar to video slot machines. Without changes, these games will transition to look and operate more like traditional paper pull tabs by the start of 2025.

Concerns were raised about the potential loss of millions of dollars in revenue for charitable gambling organizations, impacting community groups and businesses. Keith Franke, representing Protect Our Charities, highlighted the emotional aspect of the issue and the significant funding these games provide.

Charitable gambling organizations fear a substantial revenue loss, and this money plays a crucial role in supporting various community needs. Specifics about addressing these concerns and implementing changes were not thoroughly discussed during the townhall, but talks revolved around the potential continuation of tax cuts for charitable gambling.

The 2024 legislative session is set to begin, and the issue surrounding electronic pull tabs is expected to be a focal point of discussion and potential legislative action.


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