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Lawmakers talk gaming expansion at the capitol

By: Sam Smith Email
By: Sam Smith Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Expanded gaming was a topic of discussion once again in Frankfort. A bi-partisan group of lawmakers want voters to decide the measure's fate. But first, it'll take cooperation from both chambers.

Supporters say expanding gaming would bring more business and revenue to the state, an estimated total of $1.5 billion over the next five years. They also say expanded gaming would help the horse industry.

Officials say the Senate won't take action on an expanded gaming bill until the House does first.

"By neglecting this issue. We are neglecting the entire state, because our needs are not able to be met under the budget constraints that we currently have," said Rep. Susan Westrom, a Democrat from Lexington.

The group went on to say it's time to move the gaming expansion measure forward within the next two weeks.

Passage from both chambers would allow voters to weigh in on the measure in the fall.

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