Gambling won't pass this time

Frankfort, KY – Expanded gambling was the dominant issue when Kentucky Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo held their first weekly news conference of the 2010 session. Williams predicts no expanded gambling bill will pass the session, but Stumbo still intends to file one after the governor's budget speech on January 19th.

"So, it would be unprecedented to present a budget that relies upon revenues in the enactment of legislation that hasn't taken place yet. But it would be totally unprecedented to rely upon something that wasn't even before the General Assembly."

Senator Williams says if Stumbo and Gov. Beshear want expanded gambling in the state, they should let the people decide the issue through a constitutional amendment. At least one constitutional amendment has already been filed.