March 9, 2005

UPDATE: NO MORE COUNTY CASINOS, Inc.

ALERT: Legislature may STOP Lemay Casino

Dear Friends:

You may have helped in the effort last summer to collect signatures, attempting to keep Pinnacle Entertainment from building in Lemay. We were protesting the action of the St. Louis County Council and wanted to give the people a chance to vote on the issue.

Being an all volunteer organization we did not pay for signature gathering, and with only 40 days to collect them, we fell several thousand short of the 25,000 required.

You may recall that one of the reasons we opposed the County's approval of Pinnacle as a "good" choice was because they are the casino company who was fined $2.6 million for flying prostitutes to their Indiana casino to service their high roller customers. To our disappointment, neither St. Louis City nor St. Louis County took this information to heart when choosing Pinnacle as a business that should be invited into our community.

Fast forward to March 2005.

Although neither the City nor the County turned Pinnacle away, apparently our STATE GOVERNMENT is concerned enough to take action. They control the rules having to do with casino involvement in Missouri and in 1992 passed regulations protecting citizens here from casino companies who may not agree with Missouri's values. (To date three casino companies have had to leave Missouri in the midst of investigations for various improprieties/crimes.)

Last week Senator Delbert Scott, R - St. Clair County, introduced SB477 in Jefferson City which specifically adds "prostitution" to the long list of actions which if committed, automatically prevents a prospective casino from being issued a license to operate in Missouri. We are pleased that Sen. Scott and his co-sponsors have taken this bold step to protect Missouri families in the manner originally intended by Missouri's casino laws. If you read SB477, you will find a clear recitation of all the requirements that casinos must adhere to, with the "prostitution" language added thereto. It's a shame that a law has to be passed to prevent this kind of crime, but since Pinnacle's past actions made no apparent impact on our City, County and the Missouri Gaming Commission, we can be quite pleased that our State Government is stepping in.

Action

Would you please send a note of support and appreciation to Senator Scott? He needs to hear from hundreds of Missourians right away who support what he is doing. The only way SB477 will become law is if it receives a mountain of support. It will be difficult, but it can be done. Republicans and Democrats alike can and should get behind this bill.

Letters and phone calls in support of this bill are extremely important. Many legislators in Jefferson City are working hard to find money for the State budget, and casino revenue is high on their list of priorities! So THEY want to EXPAND casino operations in Missouri. THIS BILL says NO LICENSE to any casino who has had a history of prostitution activity.

So, would you please send a letter and make a phone call? And when this bill gets a hearing, would you come to Jefferson City and testify in its favor?

Find SB477 at: http://www.senate.mo.gov/05info/pdf-bill/intro/SB477.pdf


PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO:

Sen. Delbert Scott
State Capitol Building
Room 221
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-8793
fax: 573-526-8793

Find Sen. Scott at : http://www.senate.state.mo.us/05info/members/mem28.htm


Also send the same letter or a similar one to:

Governor Matt Blunt
Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building Room 216
Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-3222

Speaker of the House
Rep. Rod Jetton
201 West Capitol Ave. Room 308
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-5912
fax: 573-526-9804


President Pro Tem of the Senate
Sen. Michael Gibbons
State Capitol Building
Room 326
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-2853
fax: 573-751-8727

Thank you for helping to keep Missouri from becoming another Las Vegas.

Mark Andrews
No More County Casinos, Inc.
P.O. Box 169
Chesterfield, MO 63006
636-399-4421


P.S. If you would like to support our efforts to keep St. Louis County free from any new casino operations, please send your contributions to: No More County Casinos, P.O. Box 169, Chesterfield, MO 63006. Thank you.