MO Casinos Lose “Line of Credit” Battle…for now.

Thank the MO Senate Commerce Committee for killing HB747!  …at least for the time being. We must be vigilant.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/virginia-young/casino-industry-in-mo-loses-bid-to-extend-credit/article_7fb16586-e025-5fec-ab48-0fe7e2e2acd0.html

 

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Stop MO HB747 Gambler’s Line of Credit

MO is now considering a bill that would allow casinos to establish a gambler’s “line of credit.” Gambling on credit is just another expansion of gambling–a back-door attempt to expand casino profits, not serve their patrons.

Banning casino credit was in the original state law. First, there was 2-hour cruises that later became land-based casinos with a $500 loss limit. Then, a couple of years ago, the $500 loss limit was removed. Then they lifted the ban restriction for compulsive gamblers. NOW, they want to offer gamblers a line of credit. It just doesn’t stop. Enough is never enough.

So, a gambler comes ‘ill-prepared” and uses a line of credit so he can CONTINUE his losing streak??  I don’t think so.

Call your MO Senator and Rep. and tell them to STOP HB747.

http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/billpdf/intro/HB0747I.PDF

St. Louis Won, Cape Girardeau Lost

The St. Louis Post has reported that the MO Gaming Commission has made their decision…the new casino license goes to Cape Girardeau, contingent on its construction.  While anti-gambling St. Louisans breathe a sigh of relief, Cape residents’ trouble is just beginning.

Final vote still to come

Cape Girardeau voters have spoken. With 61% in favor of a Cape casino, focus now moves back to the MO Gaming Commission where the real vote will decide the placement of Missouri’s 13th and last casino license. It is our prayer that the Commission will vote to withhold the granting of this last license. With 38% of Cape voters against the proposal, that number is certainly nothing for the Commission to neglect in their deliberations. Using purely economic reasons and rationale could tip them away from awarding the license to any of the three remaining locations. That would be best for Missouri economically, morally, and socially. Casinos make losers, not winners, out of Missourians. No vote will ever change that fact.

Cape Commendations

We commend Pastor Mark Anderson of the Lynwood Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau, and all those good citizens of Cape who are speaking out for the best interests of families and community by speaking out against the proposed casino in their city. Here is the link to:Pastor Anderson’s op-ed in the Southeast Missourian which categorically spells out the negative impact of gambling. The moral argument against casinos is much stronger than the economic argument for it. There is no moral reason to favor a casino. You may come up with economic and business reasons, but without an ethical, moral base, that morally neutral rationale (there is no such thing) will subtract from the bottom line of a community, not add to it. A community is more than just dollars that are represented in it…without a heart and soul, a community is already dead and “the love of money is the root” cause of it. Casino income is not made on well-off recreational gamblers, but on the backs of those who can least afford it. Check the statistics. For a casino to be successful, it must make losers out of its clientele. Then who loses?…we all do. Casinos coarsen a community. We encourage the citizens of Cape Girardeau to stand up against the proposed casino in their fair city and repudiate the casino industry and business interest dollars that fully funded the campaign.

One down, three to go

The Southeast Missourianand the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are reporting that the Columbia Bottoms casino site in North St. Louis County is out of the running for Missouri’s last license, now says MO Gaming Commission Chairman Jim Matthewson.  And then there were three… Keep praying, Missouri!

Three Public Hearings on 4 Casino Applications

The Missouri Gaming Commission (MGC) is hosting three public hearings regarding the four applications for Missouri’s 13th and final casino license.  Here is the link to the MGC website with information on the September 27, 28, and 29 meetings in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, and Sugar Creek, respectively:

http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/minutes_agendas/2010_ma_nav.htm