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PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill designed to allow telephone betting at horse and dog racing tracks in the state.

The bill by Sen. Steve Pierce of Prescott makes it legal in Arizona to bet via telephone and aims to help struggling race tracks that have seen their popularity plummet as Internet gambling and casinos have taken become popular. Telephone betting is already legal in other states.

The bill also would have taken $1.2 million from the state's unclaimed property fund and used it fund racing at county fairs and to a state breeder's award fund. But Brewer line-vetoed that part of the bill.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1282 on Monday.

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