Kansas Senate Rejects Measure To Lure New Casino

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate has rejected a bill aimed at bringing a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas but killing any possibility of slot machines at dog and horse tracks.

Tuesday's 25-14 vote against the measure came shortly after the chamber had given it first-round approval.

The bill would have revised a 2007 law that authorized state-owned casinos and racetrack slots. Casinos have since been built in the Dodge City, Kansas City and Wichita areas.

The law requires a developer for a Pittsburg-area casino to invest $225 million. Backers of such a project say the threshold is too high, and the bill would have dropped it to $50 million.

An amendment approved earlier in the day would have banned Kansans from online gambling.

Southeast Kansas lawmakers have sought the change for years. The trade-off for lawmakers who oppose expanded gambling was repealing the authorization for racetrack slots.

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