Expanded Gambling http://wkms.org en Expanded Gambling Opponents Offer Testimony to Kentucky House http://wkms.org/post/expanded-gambling-opponents-offer-testimony-kentucky-house <p>Opponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky are focusing on the social costs of casinos. Testimony from anti-gaming groups in Frankfort Wednesday connected expanded gambling with increases in crime and gambling addiction.</p><p>Members of anti-gaming groups told lawmakers that the harm gaming would cause isn’t worth the estimated $286 million in new tax revenue that Rep. Larry Clark says his gaming bill would generate.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:20:26 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38207 at http://wkms.org Expanded Gambling Opponents Offer Testimony to Kentucky House Expanded Gambling Has Better Chance in Both Kentucky Chambers This Year http://wkms.org/post/expanded-gambling-has-better-chance-both-kentucky-chambers-year <p></p><p>Kentucky's debate over casino gambling is a long standing one, but there are indications the proposal has a greater chance of hearings this year in both legislative chambers. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:42:39 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 37955 at http://wkms.org Expanded Gambling Has Better Chance in Both Kentucky Chambers This Year What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly http://wkms.org/post/what-expect-2014-kentucky-general-assembly <p>As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p>The session starts Tuesday. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:00:10 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37858 at http://wkms.org What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Online Wagering Law's Expiration Causing Worry in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/online-wagering-laws-expiration-causing-worry-illinois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew an online betting law that expires in January.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:58:36 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35889 at http://wkms.org Online Wagering Law's Expiration Causing Worry in Illinois Illinois Senate Working to Improve Odds for Gambling Bill http://wkms.org/post/illinois-senate-working-improve-odds-gambling-bill <p></p><p>Supporters of a gambling expansion proposal are making changes to the legislation in an attempt to improve its chances with the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn.</p><p>Rikeesha Phelon is a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton. She says Cullerton plans to strip language from the bill that would legalize Internet gaming and let lawmakers consider it as a separate measure. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:27:44 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 31045 at http://wkms.org Illinois Senate Working to Improve Odds for Gambling Bill Illinois Senators Concerned About Gambling, Corruption http://wkms.org/post/illinois-senators-concerned-about-gambling-corruption <p></p><p>A key Senate committee is meeting to discuss concerns that expanding gambling would open the door to political corruption and organized crime.</p><p>Senate President John Cullerton invited representatives of the Illinois Gaming Board and the Chicago Crime Commission to appear before the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday . Cullerton’s spokesperson Rikeesha Phelon says the Chicago Democrat wants to try to find a way to address the issue. But she says Cullerton has doubts about whether the concerns are legitimate or "hyperbole" intended to derail the measure. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:28:12 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30430 at http://wkms.org Illinois Senators Concerned About Gambling, Corruption House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions http://wkms.org/post/house-leaders-considering-instant-racing-legalization-help-pay-pensions <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:14:06 +0000 Kenny Colston 28123 at http://wkms.org House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions KY Gambling Proponents Unsure on How to Proceed http://wkms.org/post/ky-gambling-proponents-unsure-how-proceed <p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear says disagreement among gambling advocates has made it unlikely that the Legislature can pass a constitutional amendment on casinos this year. Beshear says Kentucky's horse racing industry is divided on how to proceed, which has weakened the chances of passing an amendment.</p><p>Despite a long history of wagering on horses, Kentucky has a constitutional ban on casino-style gambling. And many lawmakers have been reluctant to vote to change that, knowing they may face disapproving constituents in future elections. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:13:09 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27697 at http://wkms.org KY Gambling Proponents Unsure on How to Proceed Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed http://wkms.org/post/beshear-too-early-whether-gambling-bill-will-be-filed <div><p></p></div><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013 &nbsp;are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px"><em>“I think it’s too early to reach a conclusion yet on whether we will have a bill on expanded gaming, you know we’ve got some issues to be resolved," he said.</em></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Beshear is facing a recurring problems since he took office in 2007 and began lobbying for expanded gambling. The &nbsp;state senate won’t pass any gambling amendment that gives a monopoly to horse racing tracks, but&nbsp;some tracks don’t want gambling if they aren’t promised protections. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:18:30 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 27173 at http://wkms.org Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed KPR's Colston Sets Up 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session http://wkms.org/post/kprs-colston-sets-2013-kentucky-legislative-session <p>Pension reform, updating liquor laws, expanded gaming, a state-wide smoking ban and legalizing the production of industrial hemp are just a few issues Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston thinks will be on the agenda for this year's legislative session in Frankfort. Colston speaks with Chad Lampe about the details surrounding some of those issues and who will fill&nbsp; retiring Sen. Ken Winters's (R-Murray) seat on the senate education committee. Plus, hear if there are any hard feeling between&nbsp; Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) and Senate President-elect Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) after his failed attempt at seeking the top post in the Senate.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:58:11 +0000 Chad Lampe 26416 at http://wkms.org KPR's Colston Sets Up 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session