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Bill would legalize gaming at dog and horse tracks

A proposal to legalize gambling at Arizona dog and horse tracks has once again surfaced at the Legislature.

The Arizona Republic reports freshman Republican Rep. John Fillmore of Apache Junction introduced the bill.

It’s not clear whether the racino creation bill will receive a hearing in the House because it hasn’t been assigned to a committee.

Previous attempts to legalize racinos in Arizona have failed.

Arizona casinos are operated solely by Indian tribes and San Carlos Apache tribal chairman Terry Rambler urged lawmakers Tuesday to reject racinos.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell of Phoenix says Fillmore’s bill could actually cost the state money by taking away Indian compact money the state currently receives.

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  1. Just another insidious way for the Republicans to tax the poor while claiming “no new taxes.” The public should also understand that if the compact with the tribes is broken, there will no longer be limits on how many gaming machines each Indian casino may have, opening up the floodgates for gambling everywhere. We will see increased costs in dealing with social problems related to gambling.

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