Rep. Garofalo to Introduce Bill Legalizing Sports Gambling in Minnesota

The move comes on the heels US Supreme Court decision striking down the federal ban on sports gambling.  

Adam Carter
May 14, 2018 - 12:24 pm

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A state representative is wasting no time is proposing that Minnesota get into the sports gambling business, now that the US Supreme Court has struck down the federal ban on sports gambling.  

Farmington Republican Pat Garofalo says he'll introduce legislation on Tuesday that would allow for sports betting at existing gambling locations — like casinos and horse tracks. He says there isn't enough time to get anything signed into law this session, but he says he wants to start the conversation.  

"I'm very optimistic that at some point we're going to make this happen.  It'll just be later than I would like,” he told host John Hines on WCCO Radio.

Garofalo said the state should set up a “smart, safe, regulated system”  that protects consumers.

“Minnesota simply does not have the regulatory assets in place to handle something like this. So we'd need to build that infrastructure,” he said.

Listen to the full interview here: