Colorado track, casinos debate gambling measures

Colorado voters this fall may see competing proposals on gambling, one by a horse racing track that wants to expand into slot machines, another by a worried casino industry.

The Daily Sentinel reported Monday that Aurora’s Arapahoe Park wants Colorado voters to allow it to have up to 2,500 slot machines or video lottery terminals at its track in Arapahoe County or where it offers pari-mutuel betting on races in Mesa and Pueblo counties.

The track’s proposals do not call for local votes. The casino industry says any gambling expansion should have to follow the rules casinos followed, including not just a statewide, but local votes.

Monica McCafferty, spokeswoman for the horse track measures, says her group is monitoring the casinos’ proposals, but declined to comment further.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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