For those who all but gave up on expanded gaming in southeast Kansas after the 2010 Kansas Legislative session, hang on.

For those who all but gave up on expanded gaming in southeast Kansas after the 2010 Kansas Legislative session, hang on.


State Reps. Bob Grant, a Cherokee Democrat, and Doug Gatewood, a Columbus Democrat, have said they plan to introduce a new bill aimed at attracting a destination casino and racetrack slot machines to the region.


The intention of the new legislation, which Grant said he would introduce when the 2011 Legislature convenes in January, will augment a 2007 law that states minimum investments for a casino and dictates how much revenue from slots a racetrack can keep for itself.


The purpose is to lessen the investment requirements for a potential developer to build a casino in the Southeast Zone, which is Crawford and Cherokee counties. It would also increase the percentage of revenue Camptown Greyhound Park would see from slot machines.


"The reason why is because this is southeast Kansas only," Grant said. "We're not screwing around with Wichita and, unless Wyandotte County lawmakers put it on, we're not including The Woodlands."


During the last session, the Kansas Senate debated a similar measure that did include a re-vote posed to allow slot machines and gaming in Sedgwick County as well as including the slot revenue change for The Woodlands horse and dog track in Wyandotte County. That measure was defeated late in the session.