Beshear: Casinos On Hold Until Budget Hammered Out

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A push to legalize casinos in Kentucky is on hold while lawmakers turn their attention to developing a state budget, Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday.

Beshear also acknowledged that his beleaguered proposal to lift a constitutional ban on casinos could be in trouble.

"I think we'll know by the end of this week or the first of next week where we're going to stand on it, one way or the other," Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference.

Although Kentucky has a long tradition of wagering at horse tracks, the constitution specifically forbids casinos. Beshear has been urging lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment to allow them. If he succeeds, Kentucky voters would get to ratify or reject their decision.

"I think the casino proposal is all but dead," said John-Mark Hack, head of the antigambling group Say No To Casinos. "But we're not in any way declaring any kind of victory because dead things have a weird way of being resuscitated in the Kentucky General Assembly."

Beshear said he hasn't given up on persuading lawmakers to approve the amendment.


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  • by steve on Mar 11, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    Yea its on hold big boy because we smacked your rear end thats why you are nothing but a big phoney.
  • by David Location: Winchester on Mar 11, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Beshear also acknowledged that his beleaguered proposal to lift a constitutional ban on casinos could be in trouble. WOW, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS STRIKES AGAIN! "I think we'll know by the end of this week or the first of next week where we're going to stand on it, one way or the other," Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference. I THINK WE ALREADY KNOW WHERE KENTUCKY STANDS ON THE ISSUE. the constitution specifically forbids casinos. Beshear has been urging (READ ATTEMPTING TO BULLY )lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment to allow them If he succeeds, Kentucky voters would get to ratify or reject their decision AND THEN THIS GARBAGE LEGISLATION WILL FINALLY DIE, KILLED BY THE HANDS OF THE CITIZENS THAT IT WAS MEANT TO EXPLOIT.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ky on Mar 11, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    I knew he was a crook!!!!!He is proving it more every day. People better wake up and not vote Hilary or Obama in as pres. We will have it all around then!!!!!

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