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 […]

Gov. Beshear Introduces Gaming Amendment Proposal

Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Damon Thayer have announced their plan to introduce expanded gaming in Kentucky. The bill would allow voters to amend the state’s constitution this November to allow gaming in up to seven locations in Kentucky. It further would authorize five casino’s at racetracks and two at stand-alone locations at least 60 miles from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Report: Lobbyists Spent Most On Health Care Issues

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Health care, not gambling issues, attracted the most lobbying dollars during the regular session of the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly. The Legislative Ethics Commission’s July report indicates health care interests spent $1.3 million lobbying lawmakers during the 2009 regular session. Energy and utility groups were second, spending $561,000. Racing […]

UPDATE: Churchill Downs Proposing Changes Amid Lower Handle

Fewer horses are coming to race at Churchill Downs and that has officials considering changes. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Last week, one race was cancelled during each of the four days of racing at Churchill Downs because too few horses were entered to race. Horse industry officials say the reason is purses at Churchill Downs […]