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Legislative Panel Approves Measure To Help Compulsive Gamblers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved
legislation that could generate some $200,000 a year to
rehabilitate compulsive gamblers.
The proposal calls for a .04 percent fee on gross revenues from
charitable games, which generated $528 million in 2006.
The bill caps annual revenues from the fee at $240 thousand.
State Representative C.B. Embry says the money is needed even if
a proposal to legalize casinos in the state fails.
The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee gave the measure
a thumbs up on Tuesday. It now goes to the full House for
consideration.
Embry said the proposal is an important step toward helping more
than 20 thousand people in Kentucky who have been negatively
impacted by gambling.
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The legislation is House Bill 137.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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