House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a constitutional amendment Tuesday to allow expanded gambling in Kentucky. It is the third bill filed in this year’s legislative session to ask voters whether they want casino gambling in Kentucky. Stumbo’s House Bill 584 simply says the General Assembly should not be precluded from authorizing other forms of gambling by general law. It does not specify how many casinos may be built or where proceeds from them should go.
Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he notified Gov. Steve Beshear about his bill but did not talk to track officials about it.
House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, D-Louisville, has filed a bill that calls for a constitutional amendment to let Kentucky voters decide in November whether they want casino gambling in the state and an accompanying bill that outlines a plan to license and regulate casino gambling at five horse racetracks and three standalone casinos.
Sen. Dan Seum, R-Louisville, has a proposed amendment that would allow casino gambling at no more than seven places in the state, with 10 percent of the revenue guaranteed “to promote equine interests” and the state’s share dedicated to “job creation, education, human services, health care, veterans bonuses, local governments and public safety.”