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… Continue reading Gambling Amendment Fails in Kentucky Senate
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… Continue reading Gov. Beshear Introduces Gaming Amendment Proposal
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… Continue reading Report Says Expanded Gambling Could Generate $1.4 Billion
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… Continue reading Family Foundation Seeks Stiffer Penalty for Gambling Violations
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… Continue reading Horse Racing Commission Approves Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs
Instant Racing is not the same as slot machine gambling, but it is similar. The results are not completely random, but there’s not enough information available for experienced handicappers to use traditional horse race wagering strategies.
A new pitch from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear for a budget based on revenue from casino gambling landed with a thud in the state House Thursday.
From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh
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… Continue reading Report: Lobbyists Spent Most On Health Care Issues
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… Continue reading UPDATE: Churchill Downs Proposing Changes Amid Lower Handle