Though two efforts to ban automated teller machines in gambling houses and other locations in Montana have failed, a senator there is betting that a third try in next year's legislative session will be the charm.

In January the legislature is to consider Sen. Al Bishop's proposal to prohibit ATMs from the state's 1,700 casinos, bars, and restaurants that have Keno and poker machines. The Republican hopes heightened public concern about gambling addiction will get his bill a better reception than other Montana lawmakers got last year and in 1997.

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