Lawsuits challenge casino ballot measure

Friday, August 15, 2008 | 11:51 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY - Two lawsuits have been filed that challenge the constitutionality of a Missouri ballot measure that would allow high-stakes gambling and that would cap the number of casinos in the state.

Both lawsuits make similar legal arguments, but the plaintiffs in each have different perspectives on casino gambling.

One case was brought by Cape Girardeau and Sugar Creek residents who want casinos built in their communities and oppose the measure's cap on casinos. The other was brought by antigambling activists.

Each lawsuit, however, contends the ballot measure violates the Missouri Constitution's prohibition against initiative petitions dealing with more than one subject.

The lawsuits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City.



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Ray Shapiro August 15, 2008 | 3:42 p.m.

It seems to me that when a formerly illegal activity, (gambling), becomes a part of government regulation, greed kicks in and we all suffer.
The $500 per 2-hour purchasing of gambling chips (nicely called a "loss limit") is the last original safe-guard those who fought against the "gambling boats" had in place during orignal negotiations and state approval.
These casinos only prosper the owners bank accounts as they bring the politicians along with them. (Think Vegas and the Mafia, only now it's corporations, construction people, lawyers and politicians.)
Rank and file citizens may get a low-waged job with a factory-mentality management style in this "hospitality" industry while crimes,(reported and unreported), financial losses, divorces, more strain on families, mental/emotional problems, alcaholism and mixed-up priorities ensue. The casino is not your friend no matter how friendly they may appear, they do not look out for your best interest. Only you can do that. Stopping them from going any further reduces the damage done already and puts the brakes on further temptation and power over those who are looking for quick fixes. Games can be fun without wagering money and a meal tastes better when you're not trying to eat $500 worth of "free" shrimp at the buffet. The cap on new casinos built was just a ploy for the existing "business owners" to sneak the "loss-limit" elimination by us. I suggest we over regulate, fine and tax them into bankruptcy and shut them all down.

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