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Senate Panel Rejects Slots Bill

by Rick Howlett on June 22, 2009

The Kentucky Senate’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee has rejected a bill that would allow video lottery terminals at the state’s horse tracks.

Governor Steve Beshear proposed the measure as a way to boost purses and lift Kentucky’s racing industry, whose leaders say can’t compete with tracks in other states that offer expanded gambling.

The slots bill passed the Democratic-led House by a 52-45 vote last week, but Senate President David Williams said it had little support in his chamber, which has a Republican majority. The committee vote to defeat the bill was 10-5.

An alternative bill proposed by Williams that would impose a tax on lottery sales and out-of-state wagering on Kentucky races to help horse tracks was approved by the Senate last week, but the measure apparently won’t be considered in the House.

Gov. Beshear issued the following statement following the slot bill’s defeat:

“We began this special session with an agenda focused on resolving a $1 billion shortfall in our budget and on creating and retaining jobs during a time of extreme economic hardship for our state. The limited gaming proposal was designed to help save a signature industry in peril – an industry that means 100,000 jobs and $4 billion in investment for our state. It is unfortunate that every voice on this critically important issue was not heard and every vote not counted. It is too early to determine what steps we will take in the future to try to protect our signature business, but I will continue to work on ideas and proposals that will ensure this vital industry’s continued health. We must now move forward. We still have an opportunity during this Special Session to come together to balance our budget and adopt legislation that will create thousands of jobs and stimulate hundreds of millions of dollars in investment for our Commonwealth. I urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to continue this critical work as expeditiously as possible.”

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Horse Industry Reps Call For Slots Bill Approval

by Rick Howlett June 22, 2009

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, […]

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Slots Bill Clears Kentucky House

by Rick Howlett June 19, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh History has been made in the Kentucky House with passage of a video slots bill sought by Gov. Steve Beshear. After nearly three hours of debate, the House voted 52-45 for the slots bill despite protests from opponents, who said it was unconstitutional. Watching from the gallery was former […]

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Slots Supporters Rally in Frankfort

by scrosby June 17, 2009

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 […]

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Slots Opponents Rally in Frankfort

by scrosby June 16, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s bill to expand gambling in the commonwealth drew several hundred opponents to a rally in the rotunda of the State Capitol. Buck Run Baptist Chuch Pastor Hershael York of Frankfort says video slots at horse tracks is not about the horses, it’s about gambling and […]

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Beshear Tweaks Agenda for Special Session

by scrosby June 15, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The special session of the Kentucky General Assembly is underway in Frankfort. Lawmakers are being asked to balance the budget, approve some economic incentives and a funding mechanism for major bridge projects, and allow video slots at horse tracks. It’s an ambitious agenda, but House Speaker Greg Stumbo believes […]

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Conway Says No Amendment Needed for Slots

by scrosby June 15, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Proponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky now have a current legal opinion bolstering their arguments that a constitutional amendment is unnecessary. It’s only an opinion and it’s not legally binding, but Attorney General Jack Conway says it’s not necessary to further amend the state constitution to allow video slot […]

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Beshear Unveils Slots Bill; Racing Commission Endorses Plan

by Rick Howlett June 9, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has unveiled the video slots bill he wants lawmakers to approve in next week’s special legislative session. The 150-page bill would allow video slots at horse tracks in Kentucky, with oversight by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. The tracks would each have to pay an initial […]

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Beshear Adds Video Slots to Session Call

by scrosby June 4, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Saying it’s time to vote it up or down, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is adding the issue of video slots at horse tracks to the agenda of the June 15th special session. Governor Beshear says Kentucky is in danger of losing its signature horse industry, which he says is […]

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Group Threatens Lawsuit if State Approves Video Slots

by scrosby May 28, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh A group opposed to expanded gambling is threatening to sue if video slots at Kentucky horse tracks are approved without a constitutional amendment. Governor Beshear is considering calling a special session to address looming state budget deficits, and horse industry officials are hoping expanded gaming will be on the […]

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