Stumbo files his own expanded gambling bill

March 04, 2014 | | Comments 1

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT – 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.”

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  1. ralph emerson says:

    Everyone wants expanded gambling…that is everyone in the casino or horse racing business.

    So does the state legislature.

    All of them have dollar signs in their eyes.

    Pet projects that will benefit only their cronies and themselves.