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Kansas gaming bill passes

29 March 2007

KANSAS – As reported by the Kansas City Star: "After years of often bitter debate in the Kansas Legislature, Wyandotte County will get its casino.

"After midnight, the Kansas Senate approved a historic gambling bill authorizing casinos in Kansas City, Kan., Wichita, Dodge City and southeast Kansas, as well as slot machines at race tracks.

"Thirty-nine of 40 Senators had voted as of midnight, holding open the vote for one lawmaker who wasn't present. The final vote was 21-19. A final procedural challenge was mounted but fell short.

"The bill passed the House on Monday, and Senate approval sends it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has already voiced support for the proposal.

"It was a narrow but stunning victory for supporters, who waged a 12-hour filibuster in the Senate to keep the bill breathing. Until the vote, the critical 21st vote seemed impossibly elusive, much as it had been in years past…"

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