CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers needed several extra hours early Tuesday morning to finish the state's legislative business for the next two years. Now as the session has come to a close it is apparent who is leaving Carson City smiling and who is not.
Perhaps the biggest winner is none other than the state largest industry - gambling. Specifically, the bigger, non-restricted gambling establishments.
In the first three weeks of the session, lawmakers teamed with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to rush through a bill legalizing online gambling in Nevada. There was little-to-no debate on the bill designed to beat New Jersey and allow interstate Internet gambling.
As the session drew to a close, lawmakers opted to exempt complimentary meals casinos dole out for distinguished guests and employees from state taxes as part of a settlement deal with the state. Another measure restricted the growth of smaller gambling institutions by outlawing sports betting kiosks in bars and taverns.
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