Kansas House blocks Wichita gambling measure

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House members have rejected a proposal that would prohibit slot machines at a closed dog-racing track outside Wichita, even though residents voted in 2007 against having them at the south-central facility.

The 55-67 vote Friday leaves the bill in limbo. The Senate approved the bill in March and the measure could be negotiated by the two chambers.

Supporters want to postpone a second vote for slots at Wichita Greyhound Park until 2032, citing concerns that the machines would violate a state contract with operators of the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane. Voters narrowly rejected slots at the race track, but owner Phil Ruffin has said he would push for a new vote.

Critics say the measure is retribution against Ruffin for supporting moderate Republicans in 2012 elections.

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