The Kansas Senate Votes to Approve More Gambling in the State

By: Dave Johnson
By: Dave Johnson

The Kansas Senate will roll the dice on expanded gambling.

The bill gained approval in a 21 to 19 vote early Thursday morning. After debate much of the night it will now head to Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

The Senate started at about 10:30 Wednesday morning, voting to send a house-passed bill allowing casinos and slot machines, to a team of House - Senate negotiators.

But those opposed to expanding gambling made a motion to kill the bill outright.

The measure allows casinos in 4 areas, including Ford County and Wyondotte County. Others would be allowed in either Sedgwick or Sumner County and either Cherokee or Crawford County.

It would also bring 2,200 slot machines spread among three race tracks.

Key provisions of the gambling bill approved early Thursday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.


  • Areas eligible for tourist-attracting casinos: Wyandotte, Sedgwick or Sumner counties, Crawford or Cherokee counties, and Ford County.

  • County vote of approval required.

  • $225 million minimum investment for casino developers.

  • $25 million one-time privilege fee paid to the state.

  • 22% of casino revenue goes to state.

  • 3% goes to local units of government.

  • 2% goes to problem gambling and addiction fund.
  • Race Tracks:

  • 2,200 slot machines distributed among Woodlands in Kansas City, Wichita Greyhound Park and Camptown in Frontenac.

  • County vote of approval required.

  • Tracks pay a privilege fee of $2,500 per slot machine.

  • 600 more slots can be distributed to the tracks after contracts for casinos have been signed.

  • 40% of slot revenue to state.

  • 25% goes to facility owner as a management fee.

  • 15% covers expenses.

  • 7% each goes to greyhound racing and horse racing.

  • 3% goes to local units of government.

  • 2% goes to problem gambling and addiction fund.

  • 1% goes to Horse Benefit Fair Fund.
  • Other:

  • Prohibits governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and legislators from working with a gambling company until they've been out of office for five years.

  • State's use of its share limited to debt reduction, infrastructure improvements and property tax relief.

  • Within four months of the bill's enactment, the Kansas Lottery Commission must determine the maximum number of slots at individual tracks.

  • There's a 25-year moratorium on expansion of casinos or more than 2,800 slots.

  • Local governments can't use eminent domain, STAR bonds, tax-increment financing or tax abatements to help developers.

  • No tax by a government unit can be used for the minimum investment requirement for casino.

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