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Slots at Wichita Greyhound Park? Lawmakers again say no

A House committee rejected a gaming and racing bill on Wednesday, likely killing an effort this year to allow a revote on slot machines in Sedgwick County.

Supporters seeking the legislation wanted to revive the racing industry in south-central Kansas and other parts of the state, but concerns over a legal fight from existing casinos ultimately doomed the bill.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 13-8 against sending the bill to the House floor for debate. That came after the House Federal and State Affairs Committee voted to approve the bill earlier this year.

It unusual for two committees to work on the same bill, but the Appropriations Committee chairman, Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, said House Speaker Ron Ryckman had wanted the panel to examine the possible financial effects to the state.

In the end, the committee concluded the potential risk was too high.

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