Kansas Gov. Brownback vetoes Bill which would have allowed the Kansas Lottery to install about 300 lottery ticket vending machines in retail locations

Gov. Brownback vetoed House Bill 2313, which would have allowed the Kansas Lottery to install about 300 lottery ticket vending machines in retail locations and launched a similar automated program to sell bingo tickets on behalf of nonprofits.

“This bill serves as an expansion of lottery ticket sales that will negatively impact our communities and our neighbors,” the governor said in a veto message. “The Kansas Lottery has a disproportionately negative effect on low-income Kansans. Rather than investing limited resources in games of chance, our goal is to help low income Kansans find a path to self-reliance and independence through education, work, and savings.”

The veto’s relevance extends beyond those interested in playing lottery and bingo games of chance. Under the bill, new revenue from automated vending sales of lottery tickets would have provided $4 million this year and as much as $8 million annually in the future to community mental health centers in Kansas.

 

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