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SE Kan. casino backers to try again to pass bill

Published on -4/2/2013, 7:06 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Southeast Kansas legislators hoping to bring a state-owned casino to their area will try again to pass a bill designed to make it happen.

But their measure would kill off any chance of slot machines at dog and horse racing tracks.

The gambling bill is on the Senate's agenda Tuesday. Southeast Kansas legislators have tried repeatedly in the past to revise a 2007 gambling law.

The law requires developers of state casinos to invest at least $225 million in a southeast Kansas casino, and backers of such a project say the threshold is too high. The bill would drop it to $50 million.

Past proposals also have addressed track owners' complaints that the law doesn't make slots lucrative enough for them. This year's bill repeals the authorization for slots.

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