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Key Kansas Senator wants to debate changes to gambling law

March 11, 2009

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— The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee wants to go ahead with a debate on a bill rewriting the state’s casino-and-slots law.

The 2007 law allows four state-owned casinos and slot machines at horse and dog tracks in Kansas City and outside Pittsburg. The new gambling would be owned by the Kansas Lottery.

The track owners haven’t been able to strike a deal with the Lottery and argue that the state’s guaranteed percentage of the slots revenue is too high for them to make a profit. It’s 40 percent, and the bill would drop it to 22 percent.

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee had a hearing on the measure Wednesday. Chairman Pete Brungardt, a Salina Republican, says he hopes to have the committee debate it next week.

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