Looking for a charitable gaming compromise

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The legislature has killed almost all of the charitable gaming bills presented. One is still hanging on and a group is trying to find some sort of compromise.​

Seems like a gamble on some lawmakers part, but they're trying to find a way to change the taxes on e-pull tab machines and get more money to the charities.

Rep. Jason Dockter, R-Bismarck, and Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, each say there's room for compromise on the bill, but Cook wants to make sure charities will benefit. Dockter says the state's tax has enough to regulate the program and more.

"When you're going to get the for-profits involved in gaming, you've got to look at the big picture, you've got to go to the voters to see what degree they want them to come in and I think we should have a tax on it," said Cook.

"With our surplus continuing to increase, we need to find a way to get a tax cut so more of the revenue goes back to the charities. That's the whole point of charitable gaming," said Dockter.

Both sides seem to agree on an interim study, whether things like sports betting have a place in the state. Dockter says even if North Dakota puts it off for two years, they'll be able to see how other states have worked it in and make better policy.