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State Senate approvals casino bill
St. Louis Today,
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 1:46:16 PM
The Missouri Senate narrowly gave initial approval late Tuesday to the casino industry's long-sought goal: eliminating the $500 loss limit.
Republican leaders said the matter was urgent because Kansas legalized casinos this month. Missouri's casinos on the western side of the state would be at a competitive disadvantage and could lose patrons, jobs and tax revenue, said the bill's sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph.
The bill won preliminary approval on a bipartisan vote of 17-16; nine Republicans and eight Democrats supported the bill. For final approval, a constitutional majority of the 34-member body is required, so supporters must round up at least one more vote. Then the bill would move to the House.
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