VLT Bill Clears Kentucky House Committee

A proposal that would place video lottery terminals at seven Kentucky horse tracks has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The measure cleared the House Licencing and Occupations Committee, and has been sent to the House Budget Committee for further consideration.

But the proposal, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, faces an uncertain future in the current legislative session.

“At this time, on this day, I doubt that that bill has enough support to pass this chamber. That may change,” Stumbo said.

Stumbo says the terminals could eventually generate up to $340 million in revenue for the state.

The measure is drawing opposition from at least two groups, Citizens Against Gambling Expansion and Say No To Casinos.

(Thanks to Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond)