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A significant move toward a compromise on legalizing sports betting in Minnesota — but backers acknowledge that major hurdles remain.

Representative Zack Stephenson of Coon Rapids says he has an agreement with charitable gaming interests that would give them part of the tax proceeds from legal sports wagering, in exchange for them dropping objections to e-pulltab regulations passed just last year.

But it’s still up-in-the-air whether Minnesota’s horse tracks or pro sports teams will get a piece of the action, and what role Native American tribes would play.

Stephenson says, “”I‘ve been telling people it’s generally about a 50-50 chance that we get it done this year. ”

(Learfield News Service)