Casino Gambling Bill Dies in Committee

The debate centers on how many casinos would be allocated at horse tracks. It was standing room only as horse farm owners and workers told lawmakers not to overlook how other states are taking the casino dollar and keeping business from Kentucky.

"I not only will your lose your signature industry, you will lose the economic engine that is pulling a very long train," Craig Vanderoff of Denali Stud Farm in Bourbon County told lawmakers.

Vanderoff was flanked by many in the room that are upset over an amendment that may not guarantee casinos at horse racing tracks, and he says that puts Kentucky's $4 billion dollar industry at risk.

"If you continue, you will lose your signature industry," he said.

Lawmakers were deeply divided over two amendments to the bill that calls for a vote among Kentuckians of whether they would support expanded gambling.

One amendment calls for nine casinos, and possibly five at horse tracks. Another calls for five casinos to be operated by horse racing associations.

The votes were close on both, but at the end of the day, the committee members did not pass the bill.


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  • by Dean Location: Floyd county on Feb 27, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    The bill should just die, period! Do you hear me Kentucky Legislators?
  • by Al Location: Lawrenceburg on Feb 27, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    A lot of revenue would be generated if the "signature" industry tax breaks were recinded, such as sales tax on multi-million dollar horses, many purchased by foreigners!
  • by Mark Location: Location on Feb 27, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    I'd rather pay higher taxes than have billions of dollars sucked to Nevada out of KY pockets in order to realize the tax revenues promised. Our businesses need this money, not the casinos. This was the right thing morally as well.
  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 27, 2008 at 03:31 AM
    Another example of our lawmakers afraid to let the people make a decision! They could have at least voted to let ALL Kentuckians vote on this issue!
  • by ooooo Location: london ky on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:07 AM
    were r they going to be
  • by Jerry Location: Lexington on Feb 26, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    Time to back up your belief's with your pocketbook. Higher taxes or casino gambling.
  • by Larry Location: Kentucky on Feb 26, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    yahoooooooooo!!!! I am glad this die in the house, we jsut dont need the casinos in ky at all. I dont care what the other people says. We do not need it Period.
  • by Bill on Feb 26, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    you mean the few that control gambling now would lose out.Its over boys,take your dice and go home.The boss Hogg's will allways win.
  • by Earl Location: Ashland on Feb 26, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    Let's get the question on the ballot and worry about the rest afterward. After all, it may become a moot point.
  • by Donald Lawson Location: Liberty, Ky on Feb 26, 2008 at 02:25 PM
    I have ( like Many others) been to other states, where gambling was to be help to the states roads, and other promises, and their roads have holes in them that a piano could be buried in. a few years ago, a govenor was elected from my county. There was promises of money for education. I have yet to se where it has cut down on school tax. When i ask whwre it is being used, the answer is always the same. IT GOES TO THE GENERAL FUND. Come On!!!!
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