Law Seen as Problem for Kansas Casino Developer

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An attorney for a company developing a Dodge
City casino says a provision of Kansas' gambling law creates a
potential obstacle for its project.

That's led the chairman of a Senate committee to make plans for debating a bill to rewrite the 2007 law.

Leaders of the Republican majorities in both chambers have said they do not want to reopen the gambling debate, viewing it as a distraction.

But Topeka attorney John Frieden said the law is flawed enough that it's a serious concern. He represents Olathe-based Butler National Service Corp., which has started construction on the Dodge
City casino.

He said the law includes a strict requirement for background checks that is making slot machine manufacturers hesitate to come to Kansas.

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