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Lawmaker seeks debate on southeast Kansas gambling bill

March 24, 2011

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— A Kansas House member is trying to force a debate on legislation meant to attract potential developers of a state-owned casino in the southeastern part of the state.

Cherokee Democrat Bob Grant is asking the House to pull a gambling bill out of its Federal and State Affairs Committee. A vote on his request is expected next week.

Grant and Columbus Democrat Doug Gatewood are sponsoring the bill, which rewrites a law allowing a single state-owned casino in southeast Kansas.

The law now requires a developer to invest $225 million. Grant and Gatewood say that's too high, and should be reduced to $100 million.

They also want changes in the law to make slot machines profitable for the now-closed Camptown Greyhound Park north of Pittsburg.

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