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      Bill alters penalties for Missouri 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.