Archive for Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lawmakers looking at ways to expand gambling in parts of Kansas

January 21, 2010, 5:08 p.m. Updated January 22, 2010, 12:00 a.m.


— Supporters of expanded gambling in Kansas hoped Thursday that the promise of new revenues for the state would overcome legislators’ reluctance to tinker with an existing law allowing casinos and slot machines at racetracks.

Separate but identical bills in the House and Senate are designed to resolve issues keeping a developer from building a casino in southeast Kansas or track owners from installing slots. Backers believe the changes could generate $40 million for the state within a year.

The House Appropriations Committee introduced a bill Thursday, a day after the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee filed its own. The Senate committee plans to have a hearing next week.

Each bill would rewrite a 2007 law allowing one casino in each of four areas and slot machines at racetracks in Kansas City, Wichita and southeast Kansas. Track owners and others have argued flaws in the law prevented as full of an expansion of gambling as intended.


unelectable 7 years, 12 months ago

The wealthy don't gamble or game at local/regional venues. They can travel to Vegas or the like.

This will only take money from people who can barely afford to gamble. Or can't afford it at all but still do it.

Yes, these people should have the right to gamble their money if they want to. But trying to fix our states budget problems by getting more money from those who need it most seems like a lousy idea.

I'd rather we all pay a few cents more in tax then have state services funded through these means.

Mike Ford 7 years, 12 months ago

As a Choctaw gambler whose been to that area, the State of Kansas cannot hang with the tribal casinos on the border. I win regularly at the Quapaw Downstream Casino which was the shot across the bow at the State of Kansas gaming efforts. There's a 12 story hotel you can see from Baxter Springs. That casino pays out better than the Four tribe's casinos in Kansas. You have the other Quapaw Casino, the Peoria Buffalo Run Casino, the Ottawa High Winds Casino, The Miami/Modoc Stables Casino, The Wyandotte Turtle Casino, a couple of Miami and Peoria bingo halls and the Eastern Shawnee Bordertown Casino, not to forget the Osage Milion Dollar Elm and Cherokee Hard Rock Casinos near Tulsa and Bartlesville. South of Ark City you have Ponca, Otoe-Missouria Kaw, Tonkawa, and Osage casinos. If the State of Kansas wouldn't of run the majority of these tribes out of the state between 1855 and 1880, the state of Kansas would have these casinos now.

Liberty275 7 years, 12 months ago

I say put casinos everywhere and use them to replace the income tax. If you are dumb enough to gamble when the odds are designed from the start to be against you, you are dumb enough to pay all of our taxes.

My advise to people regarding gambling: if you have some money you don't want, use it for gambling instead of just throwing it in the trash.

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