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Confusion Postpones Gaming Commission's Decision

February 17, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Criticism, confusion and concern about the authority of the Attorney General's office postponed a decision by the Missouri Gaming Commission. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol. The St. Joseph riverboat company wants the commission to allow them to operate their "boat in moat" business until a final decision on the issue can be reached.

St. Joseph Mayor Larry Stobbs blames the Attorney General Jay Nixon for the confusion.

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OutCue: "...front and back of his head."
Contents: Stobbs says Nixon said he wasn't telling the commission what to do. Stobbs adds that when the two new commissioners had their Senate hearings they said they would allow the casino to operate except that Nixon said they couldn't do it.

Commissioners postponed a decision saying they were confused about the issue and were unsure of who had the authority to make the decision.


"I don't know" was the phrase of choice as the Missouri Gaming Commission tries to figure out the extent of its authority with boats in moats. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The commission focused on whether to allow a St. Joseph riverboat company to operate as a "boat in moat" until a final decision on the issue is reached. Confusion set in when the commissioners could not figure out if they had the authority to grant the company's request.

Commissioner Erwin Mall:

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OutCue: "...wind up in court on the other side."
Contents: Mall says he's confused about the attorney general's stand and says he's not clear on what purpose it would serve for the commission to make a decision and for the attorney general's office to wind up in court on the opposite side.

The commission decided further consultation with the Attorney General's office was needed before it could make a decision.