Wichita Greyhound Park denied slot machines

May 13, 2017 7:44 AM

A Kansas House Appropriations Committee said no earlier this week to a measure that would have let Sedgwick County decide whether to put slot machines at the Wichita Greyhound Park.

The committee rejected the slot plan by a voice vote. Some lawmakers were concerned allowing the tracks to operate slot machines would break state contracts with casino owners.

Advocates had hoped slot revenue might help revive the Kansas racing industry.

Committee Chairman Rep. Troy Waymaster says he has horse and greyhound breeders in his district who would like to race in Kansas but can't. He’s asking the tracks and casinos to come up with a compromise. He told the committee he could create a subcommittee to deal with the issue next year in a new House session.

Sedgewick County is the second most populous county in Kansas. The county seat is Wichita, the most populous city in the state.