Some Minnesota charities concerned about proposed electronic pull-tab changes |

Some Minnesota charities concerned about proposed electronic pull-tab changes

Jay Kolls
Updated: April 25, 2021 11:16 PM
Created: April 25, 2021 10:29 PM

Minnesota lawmakers are considering changes in the criteria for electronic pull-tabs that have some charitable organizations concerned.

Rep. Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the proposed changes in the electronic pull-tabs would effectively end the games immediately and take about two years to adjust and bring back to the bars and restaurants that use the games to help support charitable gaming organizations such as youth sports groups, Lions Clubs and American Legions across the state.

“This would end a revenue stream to charitable organizations which can be as much as $30 million each year,” Franke said. “That is money that goes right back into the community, and ever since electronic pull-tabs were approved in 2012, those charitable groups have it now built into their programs, and losing that would be devastating.”

Franke says the proposal is now part of the Commerce Omnibus Bill and is in conference committee where he hopes it doesn’t pass and can be reintroduced in next year’s legislative session.

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