Gov. Bevin "agnostic" on potential of sports betting

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - While some Kentucky lawmakers see the Supreme Court’s decision on sports betting as an opportunity to cash in, Gov. Matt Bevin is weighing in.

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision struck down the long standing law that outlawed sanctioned sports betting in all states expect Nevada.

State lawmakers have failed to pass expanded gambling bills through the years, but because of what he sees as a change, State Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, is starting the process of drafting a bill and prefilled for consideration during next year’s General Assembly.

“I think Kentucky is changing, not just in the cities, but also out in the rural communities, and I think most Kentuckians support expanded gambling,” said Nemes.

The ruling lets individual states determine if they want to implement sports gambling.

“This is a ruling that I think is a great win for state’s rights, regardless of what the end result of this is,” Gov. Bevin said.

While seemingly pleased with the basis of the ruling, Gov. Bevin said it’s too early to say what it means for the commonwealth. Gov. Bevin said at this point he is “agnostic” on the topic, but holds strong to his beliefs on casino gambling.

“For casinos, I think they are a sucker’s bet for states that think they are going to be a big boom for economic development,” Gov. Bevin said.

Kentucky currently allows wagering on horse racing and gambling through the state lottery.

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