Bunning: Voters should decide Ky. gambling issue

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says the decision of
whether to allow video gambling at Kentucky horse racing tracks should be left up to voters.

Gov. Steve Beshear has called the General Assembly into a special session next Monday to consider a plan that would allow video gambling machines at tracks. Gambling revenue would be divided among horse purses, the state and the tracks.

Bunning, a Republican from northern Kentucky, says the state's horse industry is facing "serious problems." Still, Bunning says his "gut feeling" is for state lawmakers to offer a constitutional amendment on the matter to voters.

Bunning declined to offer his personal opinion about whether additional gambling should be legalized.

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