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Possible Request for Court Ruling on Casino Gaming Law

By Peter Hancock, Statehouse Reporter

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Topeka, KS – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius says she may ask for an early court ruling on whether the state's new casino gaming law is constitutional. Sebelius made that comment today (Wed.) as she signed a bill into law that allows casinos in four areas of the state and slot machines at pari-mutuel racetracks. Statehouse reporter Peter Hancock has that story.

The Kansas Constitution only allows gambling on certain kinds of bingo, paramutual dog and horse races, and a state-owned and operated lottery. Some critics have argued that the expanded gaming bill violates that provision because it allows private companies to operate the state-owned casinos, which are referred to in the bill as lottery gaming facilities. Sebelius says she believes the law is constitutional but she may ask Attorney General Paul Morrison to file a legal action to get a court ruling that would clear up any doubt. From the Statehouse, I'm Peter Hancock.

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