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NC sweepstakes bill getting another hearing

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — 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 state Court of Appeals in March struck down the Legislature’s ban on the games.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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