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.
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