Southeast Kansas Democrat renews push for gambling bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A southeastern Kansas Democrat is renewing his effort to pull a bill that would modify the state’s gambling laws to the floor for a debate before the 2012 session ends.

Rep. Bob Grant of Frontenac made a motion Thursday to pull a bill he and fellow Democrat sponsored out of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. A similar effort was defeated earlier in the week.

Grant wants the chamber to consider the measure, which would change the investment threshold for constructing a state-owned casino in either Cherokee or Crawford counties. Voters there have approved allowing for a casino but no developer has been willing to make the required $225 million initial investment.

The bill would lower the investment to $100 million.