Missouri Senate Debates Lifting Casino Loss Limit
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate debated a proposal on Friday that would remove the $500 loss limit at casinos.
But the issue may not come up again this session.
State law limits gamblers to $500 in chips or tokens every two hours. The limit is believed to be the only one in the nation.
The proposal is patterned after Governor Holden's recommendation.
St. Louis Democrat Pat Dougherty sponsored it as an amendment to a bill that would make it tougher to open a casino on Lake Taneycomo, near Branson. It would allow Taney County residents to vote on the casino plan.
The amendment also would increase the tax on casino revenues, producing an estimated $73 million a year.
After more than one hour of debate the Senate quit without taking a vote. It's unclear if the chamber will return to the bill.