Attorney warns of problems with 2 casino bills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An expanded gambling opponent says Kentucky lawmakers would violate their oath to uphold the Constitution if they passed two casino-related measures at the same time.

Attorney Stan Cave, representing The Family Foundation, told a House committee on Wednesday that such action would likely spur a court challenge.

His comments provided a new twist to a perennial debate.

House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark has introduced two gambling proposals. One is a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casinos. The other specifies how many casinos to allow, how the industry would be regulated and how the state's share of revenue would be distributed.

Clark says if a proposed constitutional change reaches the ballot, Kentuckians should know such specifics.

Cave says lawmakers can't pass casino-related legislation when casinos are prohibited by the Constitution.

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