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Mo. bill alters penalties for underage gamblers

The pending bill would change Missouri's current laws against showing fake identification at casinos.

A Missouri plan seeks to deter underage gamblers by relaxing criminal charges and strengthening fines.

A bill pending before Gov. 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 says 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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