Kansas gambling law constitutional, state supreme court rules

TOPEKA | The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state's expanded gambling law is constitutional.

Friday's unanimous ruling puts to rest the question about the constitutionality of last year's law that calls for four state-owned and operated resort casinos plus slot machines at racetracks in Kansas City, Kan., and Frontenac.

In February, a Shawnee County District Court had said the law was constitutional.

The Kansas Constitution allows a state-owned and operated lottery. In 1994, the Kansas Supreme Court said that the term “lottery” can include slot machines and other casino games.

At issue was whether what the Legislature calls state-owned and operated casinos really were that. That's because day-to-day operations of the casinos will be left to contractors.