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Slot machines in veterans clubs.

Date: February 10, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Slot machines are what Missouri veterans want. If one bill makes its way to the governor's desk, veterans could hear that "cha-ching" in their clubs. 

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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A bill which would allow slot machines in veterans clubs was heard in Missouri's House this week.

A spokesman for the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars Department says bingo just doesn't cut it anymore and that slot machines are the answer. 

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Description: "The numbers of VFW clubs in particular that are able to still play bingo is dropping. We desperately need a revenue enhancement."


Democratic Representative Bert Atkins from St. Louis County says while he plans to vote yes for the bill, he understands the state's concern with losing money.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: Veterans say they want gambling in their clubs and one bill in the Missouri House could make testing your luck possible in more places than the casino.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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Democratic Representative Ray Salva filed a bill which would clear the way to allow slot machines in veterans clubs.

Gambling in Missouri is only allowed in casinos on the water.

Salva says the clubs need more ways to make money and slot machines would be good for everyone.

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Description: "The profit that the clubs make and the post make stays in the state of Missouri, stays in the local community. Remember, the profit is not shipped off to Vegas, it stays right here."


Democratic Representative Bert Atkins from St. Louis County says while he has no heartburn over the issue, he can see the state's concern in losing money.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: Missouri veterans speak up in support of gambling machines in their clubs.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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A bill in the Missouri House calls for slot machines to be allowed in veteran's clubs.

Democratic St. Louis County Representative Bert Atkins supports slot machines for vets but said he sees how it could stress the state.

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Description: "I know one of the concerns in the gaming commission was referring to a cut into the casinos take, people won't go to the boats, instead they'll go to the local VFW or whatever club they happen to belong to, but I don't see that as a major concern."
 
The bill's sponsor, Democratic Representative Ray Salva says the bill will put much needed revenue in veterans clubs.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.