GALENA, KS--- Governor Sam Brownback is making it easier for Southeast Kansas to build a casino. Governor Brownback announced he is allowing this new bill to become law without his signature. If a bill is passed by the house and the senate, and the governor chooses to do nothing, the bill passes. The new casino bill lowers the initial investment fee required by a potential casino developer from $225 million to $50 million. In addition, a potential developer will now pay a lower state fee for building a casino in this region. That fee has been lowered from $25 million to $5.5 million.
"We've already had numerous casinos express some interest-- some preliminary interest. And it's proximity to the interstate which gets your folks in from Missouri and Arkansas particularly to Kansas to gamble is a great benefit," explains Cherokee County Attorney Kevin Cure.
"There is not a study out there that would indicate that it would be successful anywhere but that corridor from 400 to Oklahoma state line. That is the hot spot. It's close to I-44, it's on the route of 400, there's just no other place that makes sense," says Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby.
The new bill will not take effect until the first of July.