UPDATES – The Senate eventually rejected a bill changing the state’s gaming law late Friday night.
Earlier, the Senate rejected two amendments that would have impacted gaming’s future in south central Kansas.
The first amendment, offered by Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, would have eliminated the South Central Gaming Zone. That would have killed any future casino development in Sumner County. He called the amendment “a move to protect the people of Sedgwick County” who had rejected a casino.
Masterson said that Sumner County’s mail in ballot was “not a vote it was more of a mail in survey.”
The Senate also rejected an amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, that would have allowed Sedgwick County to vote for a second time on whether or not to allow slot machines at the Wichita Grayhound Park.
“I cannot believe that a senator in this chamber would take it upon himself to try to meddle in Sedgwick County’s business when we’ve already voted the voters have had their say,” said Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita.