FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Greg Stumbo on Wednesday
made his initial pitch for legislation that would allow more
gambling at Kentucky horse tracks.
The move raised concerns among gambling opponents, including the
head of the state's largest Protestant denomination.
John Mark Toby, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset
and president of the state affiliate to the Southern Baptist
Convention, objected to Stumbo's claim that he had support among
southern Baptists for his proposal to allow video gambling
terminals at horse tracks.
Toby says the Kentucky Baptist Convention is opposed to any
expansion of gambling in any form.
Stumbo's proposal would allow video gambling terminals at seven
of the state's eight horse tracks, a move that he said could
generate up to $1.2 billion in taxable.
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