Lawmakers approve plan to lure casino to SE Kansas

Casino (KSN File Photo)
Casino (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill aimed at bringing a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas has cleared the state Senate.

Senators approved the proposal from Pittsburg Republican Jake LaTurner on a 28-10 vote Tuesday night. The measure goes next to the House.

LaTurner’s bill lowers the investment required for a southeast Kansas casino from $225 million to $50 million.

The state also would drop the fee it charges to a prospective developer to $5.5 million from $25 million.

A casino in southeast Kansas was authorized by a 2007 law, but area officials say the required investment and the fee are too high to attract interest from developers.

The Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling but would have a private developer build and operate the casino. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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