FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - As Kentucky politicians wrangle over Gov.
Steve Beshear's plan to legalize casinos, an antigambling women's
group is planning a Tuesday rally warning lawmakers about some
social ills that could manifest later as a result.
Carol Devine, a student minister in Danville, believes casino
gambling will bring with it many social problems - addictions,
bankruptcies and broken families. Devine, and others in Women
Against Casino Gambling, believe that it's mainly Kentucky women
who will be saddled with any negative fallout from gambling.
"Women have a unique perspective in us as mothers and wives,"
Devine said. "Women have a unique perspective in that they would
be the ones that would clean up any mess left by casinos."
Gov. Steve Beshear is pushing a plan to amend Kentucky's
constitution and allow up to 12 casinos across the state. Seven
would be owned by horse tracks, while the remaining five would be
Beshear, a Democrat, says Kentucky's cash-strapped government
can eventually take in about $600 million a year from casino
gambling revenue - not to mention the $500 million in up-front
casino license fees.
The newly elected governor is calling for a constitutional
amendment legalizing casino gambling and separate legislation that
would govern them. He points out that casinos already line
Kentucky's borders, and gambling on horses, the lottery and in
bingo halls is already legal.