Missouri Casino Ballot Measure Draws New Legal Challenge

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) Opponents of a proposal to cap the number of casinos in Missouri and eliminate loss limits on gamblers have filed two lawsuits to keep the question off the November ballot.

Plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits are a businessman from Cape Girardeau and a state lawmaker from the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek. The two communities' hopes of attracting casinos were quelled in May when state regulators placed a moratorium on new gambling boats.

The second lawsuit was filed on behalf of two St. Louis-area men and is backed by the anti-casino group Casino Watch. They lost a legal fight earlier this year challenging the ballot summary as misleading.


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