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Jeff City Reconsiders Gambling

November 03, 1995
By: Jeremy Brown
State Capital Bureau

Riverboat gambling companies will be watching Jefferson City on Tuesday when voters there decide whether to repeal their approval of a gambling boat. Jeremy Brown has the story from Jefferson City.

Story: GAMB6.JBX
RunTime: 45
OutCue: SOC

Three years ago Jefferson City voters approved riverboat gambling.

But since then, they've rejected statewide proposals to expand riverboat gambling.

And just a few months back, the city elected an anti-gambling mayor who made gambling a key issue in the campaign.

The new mayor is Duane Schreimann (SHRY-man).

He expresses no doubt that a city rejection of gambling simply tosses this issue to the courts:

Actuality: Schreimann
RunTime: 10
OutCue: "...been outlawed."
Contents: [110K WAV file - Jeff City's mayor says either Jefferson City or Becker Gaming will bring a lawsuit.]

A Jefferson City court fight would have statewide implications. For if the city were allowed to toss out its gambling boat -- it would mean that no casino anywhere in the state would be safe from shifting public attitudes about gambling.

From the state capitol, I'm Jeremy Brown.