Democratic Reps. Kathy Haigh of Shelton and Chris Reykdal of Tumwater are among early supporters of the private-sector gambling industry's video slot machines bill.
Both are pushing to raise state revenues, and both signed on as co-sponsors of House Bill 2044. The bill was formally introduced Thursday by GOP Reps. David Taylor of Moxee and Charles Ross of Naches .
Tribes likely will fight the proposal because it could take a share of their market, which to date has been a monopoly. And a majority of lawmakers has never coalesced behind the concept.
Tribes added the lucrative e-slot machines, which are based on a scratch-ticket format used by the state Lottery Commission, a little over a decade ago, and their gross revenues from all gaming have mushroomed to about $1.7 billion a year.