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JEFFERSON CITY — A plan to regulate and tax the use of video game lottery machines in some Missouri businesses ran into reservations from senators on the Progress and Development Committee during a hearing Tuesday.

The Video Lottery Control Act, introduced by Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, would regulate around 14,000 “gray gaming” machines currently running across the state. The machines, called “gray” because they reside in an undetermined area of the law, Hoskins says, are currently “siphoning revenues” from the state while they remain untaxed. The Missourian found several of these machines operating locally last fall.

Proponents of the bill advocate for the revenue it would bring for the state, while many opponents argue the regulation would cause an equal or greater loss of revenue for casinos and give minors access to gambling.

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