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(Wyo)-Bill Expanding Coverage Of Wyo Pari-Mutual Comm Sent To Legislature

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/07/2019 01:27 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers are moving ahead with plans for more regulation of gambling. The state Pari-Mutual Commission currently oversees only horse racing, but a proposed bill expands the panel's responsibilities to include casinos and other types of gambling.

      The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation and Cultural Resources Committee voted Thursday to send the bill on for introduction in next year's legislative session for possible action.
 
     Under the proposal, the commission would regulate gambling in any county that chose to allow it. Proceeds from skill games would go to local communities.
 
     The Northern Arapaho Tribe, which has multiple casinos, is among the opponents of the bill with former casino CEO Jim Conrad telling the Casper Star-Tribune that more gambling in Wyoming would devastate tribal gambling.
 
     Republican Senator Ogden Driskill of Devils Tower says regardless of whether people are for or against gambling, a commission is the only way to control gambling.


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