Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Reducing Costs of Uncontested Special Elections

Lawmakers in both chambers have passed a bill aimed at reducing the cost of uncontested special legislative elections. Kentucky House lawmakers passed the measure weeks ago, while it passed the Senate today. The bill was proposed by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to help cut costs to her office and county clerks. State Senator […]

Beshear’s Gambling Amendment Fails in State Senate Vote

Governor Steve Beshear’s expanded gambling amendment has failed in the state Senate. The measure would have allowed for a public vote on whether to legalize casinos in the state. It fell seven votes short of the 23 it needed to move to the House. The shortfall was due largely to fractures in the Democratic caucus. […]

Gambling Bill Clears Senate Committee

Governor Steve Beshear’s constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill passed the Senate’s State and Local Government committee 7-4 today. The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at […]

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 […]

Gambling Amendment Would Allow Up to Seven Casinos

After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling. The amendment allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track […]

Leaders Hopeful of Congressional Redistricting Compromise

After two weeks of no movement, legislative leaders are hopeful they’ll reach a compromise on Congressional redistricting soon. That hope is the reason they’re giving for extending the filing deadline until February 7th, as the General Assembly did last week. State Senator Damon Thayer says so far, the problem has been wildly different approaches to […]

Thayer Likely to Sponsor Gambling Amendment, Says Votes Are Close

Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to expand gaming could get a big boost soon. State Senator Damon Thayer, a Republican, says it’s very likely he will sponsor Beshear’s amendment this session. Thayer has been working with Beshear on the gambling issue this session, giving the amendment leverage it hasn’t had before. “I […]

Amendment to Eliminate State Treasurer’s Office Clears Senate Committee

A measure to eliminate the office of the Kentucky Treasurer is working its way through the General Assembly again. Republicans and third party candidates have discussed eliminating the constitutional office for more than four years. GOP Senator Damon Thayer got a constitutional amendment doing so passed out of his chamber in 2008, but the measure later […]

Thayer Wants State To Post Financial Data Online

Kentucky state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown says he wants citizens to have better access to state financial data.  That’s why he’s sponsoring the Transparency Act of 2010, which will put substantive information about state spending practices online, for all to see.  “I think this is an issue whose time has come.  I think people […]