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Legal Decision Announced for Boats in Moats Issue

January 29, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Judge Byron Kinder hands down an anticipated decision on the boats in moats issue. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

Kinder's ruling said the Missouri Gaming Commission is responsible for proving that casinos are breaking the law. According to the ruling, casinos must be given a chance to defend themselves before the commission can take disiplinary action.

Rob Stillwell, vice president of corporate communication for the Boyd Gaming Corporation, the owners of Sam's Town, sees this as a temporary victory.

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Stillwell says he knows the issue is not completely resolved, but he believes this will give the casinos the chance to have their say.

Opinions are split over who will benefit from the latest legal decision on the boats in moats issue. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

Judge Byron Kinder handed down a decision that continues to let the Missouri Gaming Commission retain diciplinary action. The decision requires the commission allow casinos to defend themselves against any charges before action can be taken.

Steve Taylor, executive director of Casino Watch Incorporated, a non-for-profit lobbyist group opposing the casinos:

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  • OC: "...those illegal liscenses."
  • Taylor says he believes the boats in moats issue is far from being resolved.