By Roger McKinney
FRONTENAC, Kan. —
As State Rep. Bob Grant, D-Frontenac, has pledged, he will continue to bring up a bill that would make it easier to open a casino and re-open a dog track in Southeast Kansas until the session ends.
The most recent effort occurred when State Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, offered the bill in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, which he chairs. The new effort comes after an effort to vote the bill out of the committee fell 20 votes short last month.
Grant and State Rep. Doug Gatewood, D-Columbus, are the main sponsors of the bill.
“All we’re trying to do is make the casino and Camptown viable,” he said, referring to the Frontenac dog track.
Gatewood said it won’t be easy to get approval so late in the session.
“There are procedural moves we can take,” Gatewood said.