Governor's Gambling Proposal Could be Filed Within Days

By: Casey Wheeless Email
By: Casey Wheeless Email

Talk of bringing in casino style gambling might be a hot topic in the General Assembly, in the coming weeks.

Governor Steve Beshear has announced he has reached an agreement with a republican senator who will most likely be sponsoring the gambling amendment.

Although no legislation has been filed, some are anticipating it.

"It's long past time that we get this issue on the ballot," says Beshear, in a previous interview with WBKO. "We are losing millions, hundreds of millions of dollars every year of Kentucky, money that is going across our rivers, and across our borders and building schools, and roads, and libraries and paying for the education and health care in other states."

Some in the area, like Joe Cole, think a casino would be a good way to bring in jobs and revenue, "it's a good thing," says Cole "I mean people are going to gamble no matter where they're going to go and they might as well spend their money here in Kentucky otherwise they'll spend it out of state."

Although the Governor was vague on details of the amendment, there was talk about putting the casinos at already established race tracks.

There was no confirmation on how many casinos.

Republican Senator Damon Thayer told WBKO he is heavily considering sponsoring the gambling amendment, he says it's time to let the people decide.

But other republicans, like Senator Mike Wilson, don't agree.

"You're taking one style of business and putting into your constitution and making it constitutionally supported," says Wilson, "and that would be casino gambling and I think that's a real slippery slope."

And some residents in the area are afraid a casino would bring in more problems, while others say bring it on.

If lawmakers do approve a constitution amendment it will be placed on the ballot in November for voters to ratify or reject.


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