Kansas Race Tracks Want Slot Machines

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas race tracks want slot machines, but say the Legislature must first change the gambling law so they get a bigger slice.

With the state's budget crisis, they're hoping adversity will create opportunity.

The state faces a projected revenue shortfall of more than $1 billion by June 30, 2011.

It's still going to be a hard sell to get lawmakers to revisit the expanded gambling law that was debated for a decade before it became reality in 2007.

The tracks have their backs against the wall.

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is considering whether to yank the licenses of the Woodlands in Kansas City, Kan., and Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac and Wichita Greyhound Park because they're closed and aren't running races as required.

The track owners are begging the commission to delay any revocation to give them a chance to lobby the Legislature next year on changing the law.


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