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Bill Could Temporarily Ban Gambling in Wichita

1 July 2005

TOPEKA, Kansas – As reported by the Wichita Eagle: "Casino gambling resurfaced late Tuesday as a potential source of education funding, but a new measure introduced in a Senate committee would bar Wichita from obtaining a casino for at least five years.

"The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to send to the floor an amended version of a gaming bill the Senate rejected on Friday.

"It would allow destination casinos in Wyandotte and Crawford counties, where voters already have approved expanded gambling. Cherokee County would be included pending a vote there.

"If Wichita or Sedgwick County wants a destination casino, it would need voter approval, then would have to seek permission from the Legislature.

"But the new version of the bill imposes a five-year moratorium on any expansion beyond Wyandotte and Crawford counties.

"Proponents said the new version is an attempt to ease the fears of many senators who voted against the original bill because they thought it would have led to an influx of casinos…"

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