5/17/02

May 17, 2002, NO GAMBLING EXPANSION.

This has been the most dangerous year ever for gambling expansion.

At 5:30 this afternoon the kiddie slot bill came to the floor for a
vote. An amendment had removed the kiddie gambling and the bill
passed with no gambling expansion.

Removing the $500 loss limit did not come up for a vote.

All day long it was touch and go on the track bill. It was
impossible to determine how the senators would vote. The track bill
did not come up before the 6:00 pm deadline. Another 15 minutes and
it would have been on the Senate floor for a vote.

We will update you on our heroes and more details as soon as possible.

For now -
Thanks be to our God,
Mark Andrews
Lynn and Kerry Messer
Janet Englebach
Our fabulous House and Senate members who strategized and fought
to hold the line on gambling
The four Senators who filibustered the track bill on Wednesday
And all of you that responded when you were needed

WHAT A GREAT DAY!