Statehouse briefing: Cities across Kansas eye gambling possibilities
Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:
(LJW) Legal challenge awaits gambling bill: Gambling supporters Thursday were stunned by their success, opponents licked their wounds, and the prospect of playing video slot machines at racetracks and new destination casinos in Kansas seemed a possibility.
(Harris News Service) Revenue sharing may have produced gambling win: The possibility that gambling revenues could be spread among counties neighboring a proposed Sedgwick County casino, including Reno County, may have helped push a gaming bill over the top.
(KC Star) Wyandotte County rolls the dice: Wyandotte County leaders, who have lobbied for casino gambling for more than a decade, didn't waste a bit of time once they finally got approval from the state.
(Wichita Eagle) Hurdles still await: Hours after the Kansas Senate narrowly approved an expanded gambling bill Thursday morning, developers began expressing an interest in building a casino in Sedgwick County. But nothing is final.
(KC Star) Could gambling produce tax relief?: Tax cutters in Kansas are asking whether passage of a gambling bill Wednesday will whet the Senate's appetite for larger tax reductions.
(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Seatbelt proposal reappears: A bill that would require more teenagers wear seatbelts or face fines was revived Thursday in a conference committee, after having been stalled in the House.
(LJW) State employee pay in dispute: State budget negotiations crashed Thursday after a testy exchange between key leaders in the House and Senate as the Legislature neared adjournment.
(Topeka Capital-Journal) "Official English" bill waning: Passage of a bill designating English as the state's official language seemed unlikely Thursday as both sides of a six-member House-Senate negotiation dug in their heels.