Missouri appeals panel affirms gambling measure

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | 8:40 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — An appeals court panel has upheld the secretary of state's decision to place a measure repealing Missouri's gambling loss limits on last November's ballot.

Proposition A, which won voter approval, repealed Missouri's law limiting gambling losses to $500 per two-hour period, capped the licensing of new casinos and raised taxes on existing casinos to direct more money to public education.

A Cape Girardeau businessman, a state lawmaker and gambling critics had said the proposal illegally mixed multiple subjects and was unfairly summarized on the ballot.

The Cape Girardeau businessman, David B. Knight, said he plans to request that the entire appeals court hear the case. If that fails, Knight said he will pursue the case to the state Supreme Court.


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