If I were a betting man, I’d have wagered that a gambling bill wouldn’t pass this year. Yet, against long odds and after more than a decade of trying, the House and Senate have now approved casino gaming in Kansas. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius plans to sign it.
The measure still requires voter approval in the host counties. But given that Sumner County has already approved it and will get a casino if Sedgwick County voters don’t approve it, Sedgwick County voters have almost no choice but to approve it — a casino is going to be built, so it ought to be here, where we can share the revenue and get the jobs. The real battle will be whether the new casino will be located in Wichita, Park City or elsewhere within the county.
There will also be lawsuits to try to block the bill; opponents argue that the state constitution requires the state to actually operate the casino, and not to contract that out to private companies. But that seems unlikely to succeed.
So, ready or not and like it or not, casino gaming is coming.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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