Gambling is again an issue in the Kansas Legislature.


Gambling is again an issue in the Kansas Legislature.

House Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman Melvin Neufeld said Friday his committee is drafting a bill to reduce the minimum investment required to operate a state-owned casino in the southeast Kansas gambling zone of Crawford and Cherokee counties.

The law requires a minimum $225 million investment, plus a $25 million privilege fee. The bill reduces the investment to $50 million, with a $5.5 million fee. Thatís the same amount that was required for the Dodge City casino being built.

Penn National Gaming Inc. pulled out of Crawford County last year, citing competition from a nearby Oklahoma tribal casino. The Kansas Lottery reopened bidding for the area, but nobody has applied.