Archive for Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kansas Lottery approves extensions of casino contracts

June 25, 2009

The Kansas Lottery Commission meet in a special teleconference meeting today with the intentions of approving contracts with developers vying for the opportunity to run a state-owned casino in Wyandotte County.

Unfortunately, in a last minute decision, the two applicants — Kansas Entertainment LLC, with the Hard Rock casino at the Kansas Speedway, and Hollywood Casino Kansas, to be built near the future Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, requested changes to their contracts, forcing the commission to seek an extension.

With a vote, the commission approved to give permission to Ed Van Patten, executive director of the Kansas Lottery, to seek a 60-day extension from Gov. Mark Parkinson. If approved by the governor, the new deadline for the contracts will be Aug. 28, however, commissioners said during the meeting that the whole 60-day period would not be needed.

At that time, if the contracts are approved, the applicants will move on to the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board, a board that will eventually choose the successful applicant. That board has 60 days to make a decision, but more extensions are always a possibility at each stage of the process.

For more about this issue, check out next Thursday’s Chieftain.

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