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Arizona Gov. Brewer signs bill expanding betting on horse races

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill designed to allow
telephone betting at horse and dog racing tracks in the state.

The bill by Sen. Steve Pierce of Prescott makes it legal in Arizona to bet via
telephone and aims to help struggling race tracks that have seen their
popularity plummet as Internet gambling and casinos have taken become popular.
Telephone betting is already legal in other states.

The bill also would have taken $1.2 million from the state’s unclaimed property
fund and used it fund racing at county fairs and to a state breeder’s award
fund. But Brewer line-vetoed that part of the bill.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1282 on Monday.

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