Governor unveils gambling proposal, sponsor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has unveiled a plan to
amend Kentucky's Constitution to allow casinos to open in the

The much-anticipated proposal was announced Tuesday at the

The Democratic governor also introduced the sponsor of the
measure, Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown.

Despite a long history of wagering on horse races, Kentucky
doesn't allow casinos. And many lawmakers in the Bible-belt state
have been reluctant to support the proposal in years past.

Beshear argues that Kentuckians now are wagering hundreds of
millions of dollars in casinos in neighboring states. He said if
Kentucky legalized casinos, that money could increase General Fund
revenue and to bolster the struggling horse racing industry.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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