Beshear, House Leaders Meet On Gambling Plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear met with Democratic House leaders to discuss the prospects of legislation that would allow video gambling at racetracks to boost the state's ailing horse industry.

The meeting comes three days after Churchill Downs cut race days and decreased purses citing financial troubles due largely to increased competition from tracks in neighboring states where casinos are legal.

Beshear met with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and State Rep. Larry
Clark, both Democrats, about proposed legislation Thursday at the
governor's office. No decisions were made.

But Beshear says the state must help Kentucky's horse racing industry become more competitive with other states.

Stumbo's proposal would allow video gambling machines at Kentucky's existing horse racing tracks.

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