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Lawmakers question validity of banning daycare on casino boats

January 26, 2000
By: Francine Krantz
State Capital Bureau

A proposal to ban daycare facilities on gambling boats is raising questions with lawmakers. Francine Krantz has that story from Jefferson City.

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Several members of the House Children and Families committee, have expressed skepticism over a proposal that would outlaw childcare facilities on riverboat casinos.

Raytown representative Ralph Monaco said the committee should make sure they are not outlawing daycare centers at other facilities before they pass the bill.

But Missouri Family Network Representative Kerry Messer says he is concerned about any business, particularly gambling, that operates a childcare center.

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Contents: He says it's inappropriate for any industry to attract a daycare to their facility, regardless of whether it is casinos or movie theaters.

St. Charles representative Charles Gross is sponsoring the bill and says children might be negatively affected by their proximity to gambling. From the state capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.


A St. Charles lawmaker says child daycare facilities on casino riverboats should be banned. Francine Krantz has the story from Jefferson City.


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St. Charles representative Charles Gross says he thinks it is inappropriate to have children present in a gambling environment.

Gross has introduced a bill that would outlaw daycare facilities from riverboat casinos in Missouri. He says children may be negatively affected if they are kept in close proximity to the casino floor.

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Contents: He says that it's not only gambling that is the problem, but alcohol and tobacco may also be consumed in these environments and that is not a safe environment for children.

The bill is currently in front of the House Children and Families committee. Gross said that in light of several concerns the committee has raised, he would be open to amending the proposal before sending it to the floor. From the state capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.