Expanded Gaming Dealt New Hand

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A House committee has approved a revamped proposal to legalize casinos in Kentucky.

The move by the Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs came during a hastily called meeting Wednesday afternoon. The proposal now goes to the full House for consideration.

Gov. Steve Beshear wants lawmakers to approve a proposal that could lift a constitutional ban on casinos in Kentucky. If lawmakers approve the proposal, voters wold have a chance to reject or ratify it.

Beshear has said taxes on casinos could generate as much as $600 million a year for government programs in the cash-strapped state.

The legislation is House Bill 550.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

Statement by Governor Beshear On Proposed Expanded Gaming Amendment

“I am encouraged by the quick response to my call for action to move a version of this amendment along. I am aware of the concerns that Kentucky’s signature industry - the horse industry - has about this version of the amendment, and I plan to continue meeting with House leadership to find a way to address those concerns.”


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  • by truman Location: perry co. on Mar 13, 2008 at 05:55 PM
    I can't believe the gov. would want to try pushing gameing on us again can't he understand NO! gameing would take money from kids they are haveing enough problems
  • by Wishing things were different!!! on Mar 3, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    The thing about the gambling issue on the ballet, if you don't watch how they word the thing you will vote the opposite of what you really want too....so watch out!!!!
  • by A Real Christian Location: Ky (believe it or not) on Mar 1, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    Although I do not believe in casinos personally or spiritually as they prey on those who have addictions (which is why I think KY should be dry and no cigarettes either), I have to say that as an American I believe in the Constitution and the right to vote on issues that affect me. Therefore, I hope the Republican Party in KY will step up to the plate, do what is right, and pass this bill and let the people decide. Everytime there is a casino bill story on here I see 90% of the comments are against casinos, and only about 10% in favor. So what are you scared of? Get it on the ballot, let the people tell the government what we will or will not stand for, and get it over with. I really don't believe the voters would approve this amendment, then all the discussion ends once-and-for-all. But don't let David Williams try to play "I know better than you" with the citizens of Kentucky, because he most certainly doesn't know better than most of us.
  • by Bill on Mar 1, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    The state doesn't need more money. It needs to fire about 3/4s of the useless state empolyees.Now they want to do away with the office of treasury????
  • by randall Location: ky on Feb 29, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    if you people don't want to go to a casino stay at the frigging house and leave people who want alone.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Feb 29, 2008 at 05:16 PM
    I think all this casino bussiness amounts to a lot of kids left at home hungary while their parents are out gambling.
  • by Dave Location: Cold Spring KY on Feb 29, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    Money, money,money. All the money our great governer got from the race tracks to put Him office. Make me more money race tracks from the casinos!!! I will need it for my race in four years. SAD!!
  • by john holmes Location: manchester on Feb 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    Lets fight roosters in rupp arena !! and what about all these poker machines in the mom and pop stores .. All this tax free money ..
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    If ever one is not for the casinos then fine. But at the same time if that is how you feel then the Kentucky Darbey need to be gone from Kentucky a long with all horse racing and at the same time get read of all the horse farms as well. You sorry people that fuss and thing about this is crazy most all the money that comes in for Kentucky is my the betting people of horses. So eat that.
  • by Sheryl Location: Richmond on Feb 29, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    Wow! Strong arm, manipulate, threaten, cram it down our throats! Gov. Beshear didn't take long to show his true colors! I am appalled at the way in which the committee threw out the opposition and then replaced her with two people who would vote the way they wanted. Surely, good people of Kentucky, we are not going to allow this casino industry to invade our great state! No good will come of it. I cannot fathom what good ole Steve will come up with next. How else to raise revenue for our cash-strapped state? He started sending out the sad-sad news about our budget woes even before he was sworn in as govenor. Surely we will not fall for it? He is using the economic worries we all have to prod us into his great plan to save our state. What he is really trying to do is schmooze up to his big campaign contributors and fulfill his promises to THEM. It's all about the almight dollar and who gets the most of them. No to casinos! No to Beshear! Four years is a long time.

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