After much anticipation, the casino bill finally made it’s way to the house floor. The resolution failed
If this bill would have passed.. six state-owned casinos would’ve been permitted across North Dakota. This vote has been stalled all week and still didn’t get the votes it needed to pass.
The main sponsor of the bill was majority leader Al Carlson, who was unable to sway his chamber. During his testimony before the vote, he tried to sway the focus from the bill itself to the voters.
Rep. Al Carlson: “The casino bill could or could not happen with the voters, but is it us to decide yes or no? Our decision today is not whether you hate gaming or not. Our decision today is whether we want to have the people to vote on it.”
House rep Dan Ruby testified in opposition of the bill, saying the billions of dollars Carlson teased in his testimony wouldn’t fix any problems.
Rep. Dan Ruby: “The problem I have talking about gambling being the solution to our problems and welfare being the solution to help everybody that needs to be helped, if gambling and welfare was a solution to our problems, the reservations would be paradise. I don’t think anyone agrees that it is.”
The final tally that killed this bill was 28 to 63.