Friday, March 19, 2004 | 9:32 a.m.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A Senate committee endorsed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' gambling proposals Thursday after expanding the legislation to allow slot machines at certain bowling alleys, driving ranges and some other recreational sites.
The bill reflects the governor's proposals for up to five, state-owned "destination" casinos as well as slot machines at dog and horse racing tracks and at 240 private clubs operated by veterans and fraternal organizations. The clubs could have five machines each.
At the request of Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita, the Federal and State Affairs Committee added a provision for slot machines at sports or recreational businesses that had been in business at least five years and were already licensed to offer the state's Club Keno lottery game.
Eligible sports-related businesses -- which might also include those offering such activities as batting cages and go-kart tracks -- would be allowed five slot machines each. Legislative staff said at least 120 bowling alleys would be permitted to have slot machines.