Beshear Talks Slots With House Leaders

by Rick Howlett on May 14, 2009

Video slots at horse tracks was the main topic of discussion, as Governor Steve Beshear met with the top two leaders of the Kentucky House.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark met for an hour-and-a-half with Governor Beshear to discuss the current state of Kentucky’s horse industry. Stumbo wants video slots at horse tracks and the governor’s pondering the need for a special session to balance the state budget. Is there a connection between the two?

“Well, I haven’t made any decision yet about a special session or what the topics would be if we have one. We did talk about the state of the horse industry in Kentucky – the fact that it is in financial crisis,” Beshear said.

Speaker Stumbo says he believes video slots is the best mechanism for saving the horse industry, while also generating new revenue for the state. But Stumbo says if there’s going to be a special session, legislative leaders and the governor should have a general agreement on the direction they’re going to take before the session begins.

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Charlie F. May 14, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I think it would be wonderful to have track that is just horse racing, but the reality is that if we don’t have some other form of gambling (ie, slots, etc…), then there will be no more racing. At least not top racing because all the top horses and jockeys will follow the money to tracks that can offer bigger purses. It’s not rocket science.

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