Expanded Gaming Dealt New Hand

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A House committee has approved a revamped proposal to legalize casinos in Kentucky.

The move by the Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs came during a hastily called meeting Wednesday afternoon. The proposal now goes to the full House for consideration.

Gov. Steve Beshear wants lawmakers to approve a proposal that could lift a constitutional ban on casinos in Kentucky. If lawmakers approve the proposal, voters wold have a chance to reject or ratify it.

Beshear has said taxes on casinos could generate as much as $600 million a year for government programs in the cash-strapped state.

The legislation is House Bill 550.

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Statement by Governor Beshear On Proposed Expanded Gaming Amendment

“I am encouraged by the quick response to my call for action to move a version of this amendment along. I am aware of the concerns that Kentucky’s signature industry - the horse industry - has about this version of the amendment, and I plan to continue meeting with House leadership to find a way to address those concerns.”

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