A possible change in allocations of state owned casino revenue raises concerns in Dodge City. Right now, state law requires two percent of gambling revenue to be go into a problem gambling fund.
The fund helps raise awareness, provides treatment and prevention where state-owned casinos operate. There are casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane and Wyandotte County.
However the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission recently discussed dividing those funds among agencies that deal with more than problem gambling.
"Our position is that it needs to stay for the intent that it was designed for in the legislation. That 2% was there to help make sure people got treatment, help create awareness and help people learn about responsible gambling," said Debbie Snapp with the Southwest Problem Gambling Taskforce. Currently the Southwest Gambling Taskforce receives a $10,000 grant.
The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services oversees the problem gambling fund. It hasn't made a decision on whether to divide the funds among other groups.