Family Foundation Says Current Gambling Legislation Will Fail

Frankfort, KY – A plan to let voters decide on expanded gaming in Kentucky may be dead on arrival. For years, Governor Steve Beshear has attempted to legalize casino gambling in the Commonwealth. And this year he's decided to present the idea as a constitutional amendment. But Martin Cothran of the Family Foundation says Beshear's proposal will fail if it's presented in the state Senate soon. That's because advocates of expanded gambling can't overcome a key argument; whether to only let horse racing tracks have casinos or allow freestanding venues. Beshear has said he'll present his amendment before February. But Cothran says unless something changes, the bill won't pass in the Senate. And if it can't pass the Senate, the legislation will be effectively dead for another year.