North Dakota has once again failed to pass the historic bill that would allow gaming facilities to offer horse racing within their premises.
On what has been by many as a failure by the House to lobby for support, SB 2221 that was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate lacked a single vote in the House.
Incidentally, numbers matter a lot in some cases. That is how gaming operators lost their bid to acquire real money online casino gambling sites thanks to 1 vote.
Those who opposed the bill were 46 compared to 45 the number of House members who were for the bill.
With that slightest win over pro the bill, it is now back to square one when members will need to lobby for more support in order to see whether they will salvage gaming investors in North Dakota.
If the bill would pass, gamblers would be allowed to place different bets in reruns on several races inside pari-mutuel venues. Unfortunately, it did not see the light of the day.
However, those who opposed the bill even before it showed up before the Senate had indicated that if the bill could be left to pass, it would only benefit a section of the people. They argued that if made into law, racetrack operators would use the opportunity to expand their premises thus benefit their 300 or so called charitable gaming operations that are located everywhere across the state.
Instant-racing machines give a gambler a chance to place whatever number of bets on races other players have already participated in. in other words, the terminals have the ability to play reruns that have been played elsewhere in the world but conceals the names of those who took part in the initial run, date, location and other details that may give a hint to the current gambler.
This is not the first time the House is bringing down a bill that seeks to expand the gaming business in North Dakota.
Just last month, the House in one accord rejected Al Carlson’s bill that would see the six casinos in the State to have an expansion plan. They argued that if they allowed the bill to pass into law that would mean they punish the innocent Native American Tribes who have the right and immunity to operate the gaming resorts on their land.
This was after several protests from the tribal members who were arguing that if the pipeline, which passed amid their sovereign land was a violation of their rights.
Nonetheless, the pipeline was built and the demonstrations ceased.