A proposal to allow casino-style betting at racetracks, known as racino, got a positive vote last week in committee. But that may be where the progress stops, Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem indicated on Thursday.
The leader said the idea, which he has pushed, lacks a majority of backers in the House and Senate.
"I think we are perhaps a little short right now...the stark reality is that would be difficult," Senjem, R-Rochester, said.
The measure awaits a vote in the Senate Rules committee, which Senjem chairs.
But he said he has no plans right now to hold a hearing on it.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.