JEFFERSON CITY — The director of the Missouri Gaming Commission said the license for the state's next casino should be awarded by Sept. 1.
The Southeast Missourian newspaper reports that Gene McNary made the comment Tuesday during a commission meeting in Jefferson City. Cape Girardeau is among the communities interested in obtaining the license that will become available when the President Casino in St. Louis ceases operation by July 1.
Missouri voters approved a measure in 2008 that limits the number of casino licenses to 13, so the only way to get a license is for an existing casino to give one up.
McNary said he expects the commission to confirm a deadline and process for formal applications during its meeting on May 26.