Missouri Bill Alters Penalties for Underage Gamblers

6 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, June 30 2013 Jun 30, 2013 Sunday, June 30, 2013 10:18:00 AM CDT June 30, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri plan hopes to stop underage gambling by relaxing criminal charges and strengthening fines.

A bill pending before Governor Jay Nixon would change Missouri's current laws against showing fake identification at casinos. First-time offenders currently can face a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $500 and a maximum of six months in jail.

But state House member Noel Shull said few minors are prosecuted. Shull is a Republican from Kansas City who is a former chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission that regulates casinos.

His legislation would lower a first-time offense for youths showing a fake ID at casinos to an infraction but would impose a mandatory $500 fine. Nixon has not said whether he will sign or veto the legislation.

 

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