A Senate Democrat from Topeka, Kansas, has charged that a recent Senate vote that prohibits Wichita Greyhound Park from being licensed to install slot machines was retaliation against track owner Phil Ruffin for backing moderate Republican incumbents who lost their seats in the 2012 primaries.
Ruffin, owner of the TI Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, closed his dog racing facility in Wichita several years ago after local voters rejected his effort to obtain slots.
Following the accusation by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley that the vote was an effort to punish Ruffin, backers of the bill said it was designed only to settle the debate of slots at the track without the necessity of having another vote on the matter.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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