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ND lawmaker says proposed electronic pull tab rules don't follow legislative intent

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

BISMARCK—The chief sponsor of legislation authorizing electronic pull tabs in North Dakota said Monday, April 9, that proposed rules governing the devices ignore legislative intent.

A public hearing Monday at the state Capitol drew representatives from charities that rely on gaming revenue. Comments are due April 19.

Minot Republican Rep. Andrew Maragos, the primary sponsor of House Bill 1216 last session, said the proposed rules treat electronic pull tabs differently than regular ones, which wasn't the Legislature's intent. He said the rules would limit three machines per site.

"We should be operating both versions of the game with the same set of rules," Maragos said in prepared remarks.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said his office wrote the rules with input from stakeholders and will weigh the public feedback.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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