Gambling Issue Pushed To Back Burner

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Greg Stumbo says legislation
that would allow more gambling at horse tracks has been pushed to the back burner because of what he called more pressing matters.

Stumbo said Wednesday that he doesn't know whether his proposal to allow video gambling terminals at seven of the state's eight horse tracks will come up for a vote during the current legislative session.

Stumbo said he has been giving all his attention to finding ways to deal with a projected $456 million revenue shortfall. He said he simply hasn't had time to push the gambling legislation.

Antigambling advocates welcomed that news.

Say No To Casinos spokesman Martin Cothran said it appears the wheels have fallen off the gambling proposal.

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