Senate Again Debates Repealing Casino Loss Limits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields wants to raise taxes on casinos and repeal loss limits. Shields says Missouri casinos face new competition from Kansas.

He's proposing to repeal a state law that limits what casino patrons can lose in a two-hour period to $500.

He also wants to add a two percent tax on some casinos for a new scholarship program. And he proposes a cap on the number of casinos allowed in the state.

The Senate debate the measure for about six hours tonight, but the bill never reached a vote.

Gambling supporters had concerns about limiting the number of casinos, while opponents don't want to drop loss limits and are concerned about social costs from expanded gambling.

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