Governor to renew push for expanded gambling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Steve Beshear says he will renew his push
for expanded gambling when Kentucky lawmakers reconvene next month for their 2012 session.

The newly reelected governor said Thursday that expanded
gambling revenues would be an important supplement to state tax
collections that have slumped amid the economic downturn.

Beshear pushed for expanded gambling during his first term but
the proposal never made headway in the General Assembly.

Beshear says he has no preference on the form of expanded
gambling legislation. Lawmakers could put the issue on the ballot
as a constitutional amendment or could pass it in the form of a
state law.

Beshear said he's also willing to consider creating standalone
casinos, but says the state's horse tracks must be part of the
equation.

He made comments to reporters after speaking at the annual
Kentucky Farm Bureau convention in Louisville.


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