UPDATE: Lawmakers approve plan to lure casino to SE Kansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill aimed at bringing a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas has cleared the state Senate.

Senators approved the proposal from Pittsburg Republican Jake LaTurner on a 28-10 vote Tuesday night. The measure goes next to the House.

LaTurner's bill lowers the investment required for a southeast Kansas casino from $225 million to $50 million.

The state also would drop the fee it charges to a prospective developer to $5.5 million from $25 million.

A casino in southeast Kansas was authorized by a 2007 law, but area officials say the required investment and the fee are too high to attract interest from developers.

The Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling but would have a private developer build and operate the casino.


Previous story:

A southeast Kansas senator is pushing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to his part of the state nearly a decade after it was authorized.

Senate debate was expected Tuesday on Pittsburg Republican Jake LaTurner's proposal to lower the investment required for a southeast Kansas casino from $225 million to $50 million.

Under the plan, the state also would drop the fee it charges for a prospective developer to $5.5 million from $25 million.

A casino in southeast Kansas was authorized by law in 2005, but area officials say the required investment and the fee are too high to attract interest from developers.

The Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling but would have a private developer build and operate the casino.


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