Gambling Amendment Fails in Kentucky Senate

The Kentucky Senate has rejected a measure that would amend the state constitution to legalize casinos in Kentucky. The issue has long been a legislative priority of Governor Steve Beshear, and this year was the first in which he attempted to expand gambling by amending the constitution. The bill cleared committee yesterday, but failed on […]

Beshear Promotes Gaming Bill in Weekly Address

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear used his weekly YouTube address to promote the constitutional amendment to legalize expanded gaming in the state. Earlier this week, the governor and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, unveiled the legislation to allow gaming in up to seven locations across the commonwealth. The legislation would permit five casino’s at horse racetracks […]

Report Says Expanded Gambling Could Generate $1.4 Billion

A report has been released showing the potential tax revenue, generated income and growth that expanded gaming could bring to the commonwealth. The study, commissioned by the horse racing industry, precedes Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal for expanded gaming. Spectrum Gaming Group says eight casinos at horse racing tracks would have an overall economic impact of nearly […]

New Poll Shows 87 Percent Want Vote on Expanded Gaming

A new poll shows an overwhelming number of Kentuckians want a constitutional amendment on expanded gaming to be on the November 2012 ballot and that the measure would likely pass. The poll was conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group in Washington, D.C. for racetrack and horse racing interests. It shows 87 percent of respondents want to […]

Beshear Favors Amendment for Expanded Gaming

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will introduce a constitutional amendment on expanded gaming during the 2012 General Assembly. The governor told reporters an amendment is a better option than changing state law through the legislature, which convenes in January. Beshear made gaming a centerpiece of his 2007 gubernatorial campaign and his administration has lobbied for it […]

Beshear Will Bring Up Gaming in 2012 Session

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says casino gambling will be on the agenda for next year’s legislative session and voters have delivered a clear message for lawmakers to work with him on the issue. The governor was in Louisville Thursday, speaking at the 92nd annual Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting. Previous efforts to get the proposal through […]

Family Foundation Seeks Stiffer Penalty for Gambling Violations

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio The Family Foundation of Kentucky says violating state gambling laws should be a Class D Felony instead of misdemeanor offense. The conservative policy group announced plans to seek legislative support for the stiffer penalty today. It’s partially a response to tomorrow’s launch of instant racing games at the Kentucky […]

Horse Racing Commission Approves Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the first expanded gambling games at a state horse track. Kentucky Downs in western Kentucky wants to implement the game in which gamblers bet on old horse races without names of the horses, jockeys and trainers using slot-like devices. The game is known as Instant Racing at Oaklawn […]

Gaming Bills Still Alive In Frankfort

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio Time’s running out on the 2010 legislative session, but bills to help Kentucky’s horse industry through expanded gambling remain alive in the House and Senate. Georgetown Sen. Damon Thayer is still tweaking a bill that would allow expanded gambling at horse tracks, through a constitutional amendment. The bill’s been […]