NC sweepstakes bill getting another hearing

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RALEIGH, N.C. — It appears time is running out this year for a House bill to legalize and tax video sweepstakes operations in North Carolina.

The House Finance Committee scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss a bill establishing state privilege taxes on sweepstakes establishments.

But committee chairwoman Julia Howard says the bill will not come up for a vote, and she anticipates the meeting will be the panel’s last before the legislative session ends in the coming days.

The committee debated the bill briefly last Thursday. Howard said a new version of the bill will be released Tuesday.

The measure is designed to regulate an industry that lawmakers have had a hard time eliminating. The stat Court of Appeals in March struck down the Legislature’s ban on the games.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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