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Vote set for today on expanded gambling

It's an issue that's brought hundreds of people to state capitol to rally and protest.

Thursday we'll learn whether state lawmakers will move forward on legalizing video gambling at horse racing tracks.

A house budget committee is set to vote on the issue at about 1:00.

The agenda item at that house budget committee is not referred to as slots or VLTs at the tracks, it's called "An act relating to the Kentucky Lottery."

Those pushing the bill say it's merely just an expansion of the state lottery, but the opposition says it is clearly expanded gambling.

After two days of rallies from both sides of the issue, the bill will receive its first vote in the budget committee, which has nearly 30 members.

The bill they will be considering is the one proposed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, and it's a bit different from the legislation proposed by Governor Beshear.

Stumbo's bill calls for the VLT proceeds to be spent on replacing some of the oldest schools in Kentucky, called category 4 and 5 schools.

But the opposition has gone as far as to call that process vote buying. If the bill passes the committee, which it is expected to do, it will then go to the House Floor where a vote could come Friday morning.

Thursday is the 4th day of the session and originally the leadership said they could finish the session in 5 days if the only issue was fixing the $1 billion dollar budget shortfall. But that issue has not received a vote as of yet.


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