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Simulcast Betting Bill Fails in Senate

April 2, 1998
By: Melissa Phillips
State Capital Bureau
Missouri residents won't be going to horse races anytime soon. The Senate killed a bill that would have legalized off-track betting.

Melissa Phillips has the story from the State Capitol.

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On-track gambling has been legal for more than a decade now, but not a single horse race track has been built.

Supporters believe that allowing off-track gambling would be a financial incentive to build race tracks.

Senator Harold Caskey voted against the bill... saying gambling is a cancer that hurts Missouri citizens.

Actuality:Senator Harold Caskey
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OutCue: ...chapters of it."
Contents: "Having gambling anonymous in this state is something we would not have needed a few years ago, but now virtually in every community we have several chapters of it."
Senate Sponsor Bill McKenna says election year politics may have played a role in the bill's defeat... and that lawmakers are more cautious this year voting on gambling issues.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.

Date: April 2, 1998

By: Melissa Phillips

State Capital Bureau Horse racing fans have been waiting more than a decade for a race track, and it doesn't look like they'll get one in the near future.

Melissa Phillips explains why from Jefferson City.

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A bill that would have legalized off-track gambling failed in the Senate.

On-track gambling has been legal for more than ten years, but the state has yet to see a single race track constructed.

Senate Sponsor Bill McKenna says if the state allowed pari-mutual wagering, it would help encourage development.

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OutCue: ...have pari-mutual wagering."
Contents: "I have people ask me all the time why don't we a track. The reason we don't have a track is cause we don't have paramutual wagering. So if we want to have a track, we have to have pari-mutual wagering."

Opponents say the measure is simply an expansion of gambling, and that the social costs the state and citizens would pay are too high.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips.


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