Kentucky lawmakers kick off legislative session Tuesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers are scheduled to convene Tuesday for a legislative session chock-full of politically divisive issues, including a proposal to legalize casino-style gambling.

Richard Beliles, head of the government watchdog group Common Cause of Kentucky, said he expects political fireworks lasting until the legislature adjourns in April.

Beliles said redrawing legislative and congressional boundary lines will add to the tension, as will crafting a budget that almost certainly is going to require more cuts to government agencies and services.

Gov. Steve Beshear said he expects a gambling proposal to be filed in the Senate within days of the start of the legislative session. Redistricting and budget proposals will be filed early, too.

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