Committee Asks Governor for Help with Illegal Gambling

AUGUST 2, 2006 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A legislative panel wants Governor Blunt to get involved with cracking down on illegal gambling devices in Missouri.

The committee is led by Republican Senator John Loudon of Chesterfield.  In a letter to the governor, the committee says it's concerned about a growing number of illegal gambling machines and seeks his input on how to enforce state gambling restrictions.

Loudon says illegal gambling devices don't generate tax revenue as regulated gambling like riverboat casinos do, and prey on gambling addicts.

He has said some bars and truck stops have video games similar to slot machines offering prizes, but law enforcement and state liquor and tobacco control agents think they lack authority to act.

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