(3TV/CBS 5) - A state lawmaker filed legislation for the 2019 session that clears the way for Arizona to expand legalized gambling as a way to raise more money without raising taxes.

Sen.-elect Michelle Ugenti-Rita is proposing to lift a ban on state-run Keno, a game where players select several numbers and wait to see if they match.

"It's hard to project how much revenue it could generate but to that point, the revenue in my bill would go to the general fund," Ugenti-Rita said Wednesday.

The measure will likely have to overcome opposition from the state's gaming tribes who have argued that Keno violates the gaming compacts.

The 16-year-old deal gives the tribes the exclusive right to operate casino-style gambling in exchange for the state getting a cut of their profits.

Last year, Gov. Doug Ducey considered legalizing the game as part of his package to boost teacher pay.

His office estimated Keno would generate $15 million a year.

Sen. Sonny Borelli, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, also authored a bill to legalize Keno.

But his failed after an attorney representing the Navajo Nation warned the bill violated the gaming compact.


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