Sunday, April 20, 2008

Kansas Expected To Make Decision On Possible Mohegan Casino In August

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A $770 million Kansas casino proposed by a partnership that includes the Mohegan Tribe will be reviewed by a state commission in mid-May and a final decision is expected in August.

Kansas is seeking to add casinos to four regions in the state and the area chosen by the partnership that includes the Mohegan Tribe is the Wayndotte County-Kansas City region.

The Kansas Lottery Commission, the body that will decide which groups get the casino licenses, announced last week that they will hear presentations from the 5 groups vying for the Wyandotte County-Kansas City region on May 19 and 20. The meetings will be open to the public.

State lawmakers passed an expanded gambling act last year that would allow for one casino in each of four regions. The Lottery Commission will negotiate contracts with all potential developers still in the running and a Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board will make the final selections. Meetings to announce the final decisions are scheduled for August 21 and 22 in Topeka.

A pending court case that challenges the constitutionality of casino gambling in the state has not impeded the proposal process.

The Mohegan Tribe partnered with Kansas City-based RED Development and Olympia Gaming of Las Vegas for a proposed casino, which passed a local government review board in December.

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