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Indian Gaming Compacts

An exclusivity clause in the new gaming compacts with Wisconsin's Indian tribes will ensure the state doesn't legalize video gambling in bars and taverns.

Wisconsin's constitution doesn't allow video gambling in bars and taverns, but the Wisconsin Tavern League has been lobbying to change that.

The Tavern League says the state could make millions of dollars every year by taxing legal gambling machines in bars and taverns.

Currently the machines are "for amusement only," but many bar owners admit they pay out prize winnings illegally.

Gov. Doyle says he is getting more money out of the tribes by including exclusivity clauses. He says its better for the state to take the increased tribe payouts than wait for an amendment to allow video gambling.


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