Gambling Amendment Short of Votes Needed to Pass Senate, Group Says

A key opponent to expanded gambling in Kentucky says the bill doesn’t have the votes to pass this legislative session. For years, the Family Foundation has mounted strong opposition to Governor Steve Beshear’s chief legislative issue. The group’s senior analyst, Martin Cothran, says Beshear’s proposal will fall short in the Senate if it’s voted on soon. […]

Beshear Says Gambling Amendment Will Be Available Before February

It could be only a matter of days before Governor Steve Beshear unveils his plan for a constitutional amendment for expanded gambling. The governor has been in talks for weeks with Democratic and Republicans lawmakers about how to word the amendment to make sure it’s passed. In the Senate that means getting help from Republican state […]

Louisville Lawmaker Prefiles Gambling Measures

A Republican state lawmaker from Louisville says he believes expanded gambling legislation he’s pre-filed for the 2012 General Assembly will get a fair hearing. Representative Mike Nemes wants legislators to consider two bills. The first would put a constitutional amendment question on the ballot in 2012. “Overwhelmingly, my district wants this. Out in the state, […]

Williams Predicts No Gambling Bill This Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Expanded gambling is again a hot topic of discussion in Frankfort, as lawmakers wrap up the first week of the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly. As yet, no expanded gambling bills have been filed, except for a constitutional amendment requiring a vote by the people. But that’s not keeping the […]

Kentucky Track Operators Watch Ohio Voters Approve Casinos

Voters in Ohio yesterday approved casino gambling in four major cities. That has expanded gaming proponents in Kentucky claiming the added competition is just another reason to approve a similar measure in the Commonwealth. Ohio voters approved casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati. Just across the river from Cincinnati is Turfway Park, whose president, […]

Williams: Slots Would Be "Tax On The Poor"

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says allowing slot machines at the state’s racetracks would amount to a ‘tax on the poor,” that would cause more problems than it would solve. The Republican from Burkesville was the speaker at Thursday’s Rotary Club of Louisville luncheon. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and the racing industry have been trying […]

Horse Industry Reps Call For Slots Bill Approval

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky’s horse industry continues pushing the slots bill that won House approval last week, even though Senate President David Williams says the measure is dead. To help fill Ohio’s three-billion dollar budget deficit, Gov. Ted Strickland is backing video slots at the state’s seven racetracks. If the measure passes, […]

Slots Supporters Rally in Frankfort

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Hundreds of supporters of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s expanded gambling bill rallied on the steps of the State Capitol. The crowd, comprised mostly of people in the horse industry, waved signs and enthusiastically welcomed speakers like former Gov. Brereton Jones. Jones, who owns a horse farm in Midway, says […]