Underage gambling bill vetoed by Governor Nixon

Legislation that would have changed the penalties on young people trying to use fake ID cards in Missouri casinos has been vetoed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Currently it is a misdemeanor with six months in jail and a $500 maximum fine to use fake identification.

The new legislation would have turned the misdemeanor into just an infraction, but it placed a mandatory $500 fine on any young person using a fake ID to get into a casino.

Supporters of the bill, including many in the casino industry, wanted it to be a stronger deterrent to underage gambling.

But Governor Nixon said the bill would weaken current Missouri laws that already ban anyone under 21 from the gambling floor of any casino in the state.