Bill blocking slots at Kansas racetrack advances

Wichita Greyhound Park (KSN File Photo)
Wichita Greyhound Park (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal for blocking slot machines at a closed dog-racing track outside Wichita.

The 28-12 vote Tuesday night sends the measure to the House.

Senators approved the bill while passing a separate measure designed to bring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas.

The vote on the casino bill was 28-10.

Senate President and Wichita Republican Susan Wagle said both measures reflected the views of residents in each area.

But Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka accused the Senate’s conservative Republican leaders of pushing the anti-slots bill to punish Wichita Greyhound Park’s owner for backing moderate GOP candidates in 2012 primaries.

Backers of the bill said it is designed only to settle the debate over slots at the Wichita-area park.

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