Lawmakers Give Initial Nod To Gambling Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A legislative committee has approved a proposal to allow more gambling at Kentucky horse tracks.

The thumbs up from the House Licensing and Occupations Committee is only the first step in the legislative process. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Thursday the legislation doesn't have enough support at this point to survive a floor vote.

Stumbo said the plan now is to send the legislation to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee for further consideration.

The proposal calls for allowing video gambling terminals at seven horse tracks. Stumbo said the move could generate up to $340 million a year for the state by taxing the gambling revenues.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Feb 12, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    After all the gambling we already have in Kentucky are we better off? Have these legislators not learned anything? And we are suppose to believe that a little extra gambling will solve our revenue problem? Stumbo is truly naive if he thinks Kentucky would see any of the 340 million he is estimating. It will go right back to the Gaming industry.
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Let me get this straight, the people want to gamble at the tracks but not other places. Why is it so bad to gamble at the stores and game rooms but ok at the track?I don`t think the same people go to both places so what`s up with that?
  • by Chris Location: Avon on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    I "vote" no on this. I am tired of catering to the Horsey crowd in this State.

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