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Lawmakers Consider Ways to Attract Horse Racing Tracks to the State

February 18, 2002
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

State senators grapple with legislation designed to bring horse race betting to Missouri.

Missy Shelton reports from the state captiol.

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Voters approved betting on horse races back in the 1980's.

But since then, no tracks have come to the state.

St Louis County senator Betty Sims is sponsoring a bill to allow simulcasting of races from around the country...She says that will provide a financial incentive for tracks to locate in Missouri.

And if they do, she says it's a plus for Missouri agriculture.

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Opponents argue voters didn't approve simulcasting when they voted on the issue.

The horse racing bill is up for consideration in a Senate committee.

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