House pushes casino games, teacher raises in committee
by Dale Denwalt,

House lawmakers advanced familiar measures Tuesday but didn’t consider a Rainy Day Fund spending bill approved by the Senate a day earlier.

The House Rules Committee gave approval to a measure that allows tribal casinos use dice and roulette balls, which are now banned. It would raise an additional $8.2 million this year for education and general spending accounts.

An identical bill was introduced in May but quickly scuttled as lawmakers searched for new revenue.

Committee members also advanced a proposal raising the gross production tax rate on older wells from 4 percent to 7 percent. House leadership announced their plans Monday. If adopted, it would boost state revenue by 51 percent over the next eight months, according to fiscal analysts.

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