Topeka Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has created a 15-member committee to study the possibilities of legalized gambling in the state.
"I believe thousands of Kansans are going out of state to pursue a recreation that they enjoy and in the course of that the state of Kansas is losing millions of dollars in gaming revenue to our sister state of Missouri," she said in a statement.
Sebelius said the committee would meet in the next four months "to provide a comprehensive look at what proposals should be considered."
The only forms of gambling currently allowed in the state are pari-mutuel wagering, bingo games offered by nonprofit groups, and casino gambling on the four American Indian reservations in northeastern Kansas.