FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state Senate has voted down a proposal
to change the state Constitution to legalize casinos in Kentucky.
Despite the long history of wagering on horses, Kentucky has
never allowed casinos. And many lawmakers have been reluctant to
vote to change that, knowing they may face disapproving
constituents in upcoming legislative elections.
They voted down the casino proposal 21-16.
Gov. Steve Beshear has been pushing for more gambling
opportunities in Kentucky in hopes that it would generate more
revenue for the horse industry and for state government coffers.
Beshear said Kentucky could collect $266 million in one-time
license fees by allowing casinos to open. Taxing them, he said,
could generate an additional $377 million a year in revenue for
government programs and services.
The legislation is Senate Bill 151.
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