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Kansas senate considers giving dog, horse tracks bigger cuts of slot revenue

March 9, 2009


A Senate committee will consider a bill giving horse and dog tracks a bigger percentage of slot machine revenues.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee will hear testimony Wednesday.

Committee Chairman Pete Brungardt, a Salina Republican, said he didn’t know whether there were enough votes to send the proposal to the Senate for debate.

A 2007 law allows four state-owned casinos and also allowed horse and dog tracks to operate slot machines.

Negotiations between track owners and the Kansas Lottery, which owns the gambling, broke down last year over how much the tracks would get. The bill boosts the track’s take from 25 percent to 43 percent while reducing the state’s share from 40 percent to 22 percent.

The bill also would allow Sedgwick County voters to say whether they want slots at Wichita Greyhound Park.


Steve Jacob 9 years, 3 months ago

The state got greedy and basically closed down the two big tracks in Kansas. Even if they wanted to open those back up, it might take years to do it.

fearsadness14 9 years, 3 months ago

if the state is going to have a $1 Billion shortfall in the next fiscal year, why on earth would we reduce the revenue that the state receives?

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