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March 17, 2011

In January the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission approved the project proposed by Peninsula Gaming for the Kansas Star Casino. Now it is possible that a lawsuit could happen, even after construction on the new casino has started.

The Kansas house panel passed HR 6015. This may cause a problem for the new casino project. It states the necessary permits and the correct zoning was not given before the casino project was given final approval. There are allegations that the company had given a contribution to a legislator illegally. The state law will require that the matter is cleared before the Kansas contract can be signed.

Proponents to the measure state that this is a tactic being used to delay the project.

If the measure passes, the Attorney General will be required to challenge the Commission's decision with a lawsuit. A vote by the Senate is not necessary and construction on the casino would be allowed to continue.

The Kansas Star Casino is expecting to open it's temporary casino next February. By January 2013 it is expected to open the permanent building. The $160 million casino will offer 2,000 slot machines and 50 gaming tables. Sumner County will have an estimated 1,400 jobs created by the project.

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