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Kansas Senate endorses ban on online gambling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Senate has added a proposal to ban online gambling to a bill aimed at bringing a state-owned casino to the state's southeast corner.

The vote Tuesday was 26-11 in favor of an amendment by Pittsburg Republican Jake LaTurner that would make it illegal for Kansas residents to place bets online.

Critics questioned whether the ban could be enforced.

Senators expected to vote Tuesday on the underlying bill, which revises a 2007 law authorizing state-owned casinos and slot machines at dog and horse tracks.

The law requires a prospective developer to invest at least $225 million in a southeast Kansas casino, and backers of such a project say the threshold is too high. The bill would drop it to $50 million.

But the measure would repeal the authorization for racetrack slots.