Missouri Ban Amendment Rejected
As reported by the Kansas City Star: "A plan to significantly shorten Missouri's lifetime self-ban from casinos for troubled gamblers failed to win approval Wednesday from the Missouri Gaming Commission. But the idea is not dead. "The shorthanded commission, meeting in Maryland Heights, Mo., voted 2-1 for a proposal to allow a minimum two-year ban before gamblers could apply for reinstatement and admission to the state's riverboat casinos. ".More than 10,000 Missourians have placed themselves on the list since it was established in 1996. Those caught violating the ban can be arrested and prosecuted for trespassing. The ban also forces violators to forfeit any jackpots they win. "The proposal would have given those on the list an opportunity to switch to the two-year minimum ban. Under the plan gamblers could petition the commission to be removed from the list if they met certain requirements for counseling and self-education. "Missouri's self-exclusion program was the first in the nation and has been copied by other states that do offer a menu of self-banning options, which is the approach favored by the National Council on Problem Gambling."
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