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Kansas Supreme Court strikes part of gambling law

April 8, 2011

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— Kansas Supreme Court justices say a gambling law regulating the use of so-called "gray machines" is too broad in its reach.

In an opinion issued Friday, the court says the term can apply to any tool or machine used for gambling games. The law requires linking such machines to the Kansas Lottery Commission's control systems to be legal.

Justices say that the law is too broad because it can apply to any item used for gambling, including phones, televisions and home computers to child board games with mechanical spinners.

The ruling comes in a case filed in Shawnee County District Court regarding the regulation of machines in Wyandotte County.

Justices say the law gives the state regulatory agencies the authority to confiscate any personal property used for gambling.

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