Melissa Phillips has the story from the State Capitol.
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.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.
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.
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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