FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says a proposal to
legalize casinos in Kentucky will not pass in the current
Beshear said the measure simply doesn't have enough support
among lawmakers. He pronounced the measure dead in an impromptu
press conference outside his Capitol office on Thursday evening.
The governor had pushed for a constitutional amendment to
legalize casinos. He said allowing casinos to open could have
generated up to $600 million a year in much needed state revenue.
Lawmakers would have had to agree to change the state's
constitution to allow casinos. Voters then would have had a chance
to ratify or reject the proposal in a ballot referendum.
The casino legislation is House Bill 550.
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