Richards asks AG Conway for slot machine opinion

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democrat state Rep. Jody Richards has asked the Kentucky attorney general for an opinion on whether a constitutional amendment would be needed to legalize video slot
machines at racetracks.

The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that Richards, the former house speaker, says it's important because there are conflicting opinions on the question from previous attorneys general.

Attorney General Jack Conway's office responded to Richards on Friday, asking if he could narrow his question or provide a draft
of a proposed bill. Richards, of Bowling Green, says he hopes to
reply late this week.

The issue is drawing renewed attention because of the state's budget problems and troubles in its racing industry.

Constitutional amendments must be approved by the legislature and in a statewide referendum.

---Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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