Lawmakers debate plan to bring casino to SE Kansas

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.

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