Beshear, Lawmakers Meet To Work On Casino Amendment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear and House leaders are
beginning a final push to legalize casinos in Kentucky.

Beshear met with lawmakers Wednesday morning in the Capitol to
develop a strategy to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot
to let voters decide if casinos should be allowed in the state.

Although Kentucky has a long tradition of wagering at horse
tracks and bingo halls and through a state lottery, the
constitution specifically forbids casinos.

Beshear made casinos a major issue during last fall's campaign,
and said casinos could generate some $500 million a year for the

If lawmakers approve a proposed constitutional amendment,
Kentucky voters would get to ratify or reject their decision in a
ballot referendum.

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