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Politics
8:13 am
Wed February 6, 2013

KY Gambling Proponents Unsure on How to Proceed

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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.

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.

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Politics
11:18 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed

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The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013  are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

“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.

Beshear is facing a recurring problems since he took office in 2007 and began lobbying for expanded gambling. The  state senate won’t pass any gambling amendment that gives a monopoly to horse racing tracks, but some tracks don’t want gambling if they aren’t promised protections.

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Government
2:58 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

KPR's Colston Sets Up 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session

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  retiring Sen. Ken Winters's (R-Murray) seat on the senate education committee. Plus, hear if there are any hard feeling between  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.

Politics
5:43 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Optimistic Gambling Bill Will Pass

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After years of defeat, Kentucky lawmakers believe an expanded gambling bill could become law next year. At the Kentucky Chamber’s annual policy day, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and new Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer discussed the prospects of such a bill in the upcoming session. Both leaders suggested the opposing chamber take up the bill first when they get to Frankfort next month. 

Thayer was the sponsor of a Senate gambling bill in this year's session. The measure ultimately failed. But Thayer says the Senate can pass a new bill if the governor pushes hard enough.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stumbo: Gambling Bill Doesn't Have to Start in the Senate

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer demanding that any legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling start in the Senate. Stumbo told reporters Thursday, "that line in the sand doesn't have to be drawn any longer." Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear are hopeful that the departure of Senate President David Williams will improve the chances of getting a bill passed.

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Government
7:46 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gov. Quinn rejects plan to expand Ill. gambling

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has rejected a plan to expand gambling in the state.  Quinn announced his veto yesterday, saying the proposed bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight.  The bill proposed five new casinos, one land-based and four more on riverboats.  

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2012 General Assembly
8:27 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Expanded Gaming Discussed on Kentucky Tonight

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The President of Kentucky Downs Racetrack says the expanded gambling issue isn’t going to go away, even after the state Senate rejected a constitutional amendment on the subject last week.  Corey Johnson also chairs the Kentucky Equine Education Project. He says gambling revenues in other states continue to lure breeders away from the Commonwealth.

‘It takes human beings to take care of horses so when the horse leave, the jobs go away so it is a very, very..we have hundreds of stallions who have left the state.”

Expanded Gambling
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Gambling Amendment Passes 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 horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

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Expanded Gambling Debate
10:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Catholic Bishops in Kentucky Come Out Against Gambling Bill

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Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers
approve a proposal to legalize casinos.   Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick

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Casinos and Gambling
11:47 am
Tue February 14, 2012

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 has a casino.

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