For over two decades, most Kentuckians have wanted the freedom to vote on expanded gaming, but the legislature has refused us that right. We have legal horse tracks, lottery, keno, bingo halls and slots at horse-racing facilities, plus many more illegal gaming opportunities within the state. But we are denied the freedom to vote on a constitutional amendment allowing the creation of gaming resorts that would attract tourists to Kentucky.
The governor and Senate leadership are fine with the legal gaming we have now and open to sports betting in the future. But they overlook the illegal gaming in our state and are against respectable casino resorts in Kentucky. One must wonder, with so many groups against gaming expansion in Kentucky, including lobbyists from Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, and members of the underground gaming industry within the state, is there something fishy afloat?
Gary R. Stratton