The Kansas Senate has failed to pass proposed legislation that would have banned online gambling in the Midwestern state. The measure would have also reclassified the activity as a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
The planned House Bill 2055 would have modified existing gambling statutes first approved in 2007 and was part of an effort to bring a state-owned casino to the southeast corner of Kansas but fell by a vote of 24 to 15 on Tuesday.
Proposed by Republican Kansas Senator Jacob LaTurner, the measure would have also removed authorizations for racetrack gaming facilities and dropped the minimum investment required to obtain a casino management contract in the area around Pittsburgh from $225 million to $50 million.
LaTurner represents Senate District 13, which includes the state’s southeast ‘gaming zone’, and his legislation would have additionally decreased the privilege free in the area from $25 million to $5.5 million while also directing the Kansas Lottery Commission to prohibit the operation of electronic gaming machines at racetracks until after July 1, 2032.