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
state.

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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  • by Smoker Location: Ky on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    You had better let the big baby have his way....cigarettes, gas ect. next will be fast food I keep trying to tell you all. If he don't get his way we will all suffer for it. Bring on the casinos. We are being robbed as it is.
  • by James Location: Salyersville on Mar 20, 2008 at 03:32 AM
    The only thing I agree with Gov. Beshear on is that people should have a say on whether to have casino gambling in Kentucky. I am opposed to it far as I am concerned simply because I feel it is immoral and that it will bring more problems to Kentucky than it will benefits...I also believe in Kentucky and that there are more decent moral people here than there are gamblers and racketeers..so yes, Governor Beshear, let's have the chance to vote on the matter so we can put a final end to this immoral threat to our Fair Commonwealth! Thank you.
  • by tom Location: pikeville on Mar 19, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    stand up smokers and show the gov. what we think of him for raising cig. taxes, lets let him know smokers are voters too!
  • by Brad Location: Inez on Mar 19, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    The Ky lottery & horse racing are legal. There is no difference between this and casino gambling. What about all the bingo halls? The supposed church goers don't hesitate to play bingo! Why oppose something that will help the state more than it would hurt?
  • by Peggy Location: Somerset on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    What is the percentage of taxes charged on alcholic beverages. is it 6%. Since underage drinking is a big problem in this country, maybe we should rethink the taxes there. I think drunk drivers kill more people, than second-hand smoke. And I don't smoke or drink!!!!
  • by Donald Location: Mt.Sterling on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    Come back Fletcher. We are going to the doghouse fast
  • by diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    Casinos may cost us 500 million but I doubt they will generate that. Statistics do not bear the governors numbers. Our government is on a fools errand.
  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on Mar 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    Stevie, Stevie, Stevie........are you sooo dumb that you can't read.....the writing on the wall? You are going to be hit with a hammer right between your eyes constantly for the next 4 years if you don't wise up to the peoples wishes here in Kentucky. lol The people don't want Casino's or ANY tax increases. What we do want is for you to trim spending to meet the States needs. C-A-N Y-O-U U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D T-H-A-T?
  • by I Location: eAST kENTCUKYER on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    Maybe the Gov. fears for his health. A group of people have already bought land in northern Ky. for a casino. So far they have been out about eight million dollars, that includes one million to the Gov. for his campain.
  • by jane Location: ky on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    Mr. Beshear, we don't want casinos. If you need out-of-state revenue, put credit card readers in state police cars and get them out on the interstates to enforce the law. That won't cut the number of people driving through Kentucky. What other road do they have to get to Florida? Not only that, but I bet more than a few people who have driven that road on vacation have decided to fly next time rather than play bumper cars with loaded semi's doing eighty miles an hour. I for one have started using 25 for at least part of the trip to Cincinnati, rather than deal with the high speed NASCAR track that that road has become. I have driven that route every week since mid-January and have yet to see a patrol car on that road. You would easily make more money there than you would make with casinos.
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