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Kentucky Gambling Issue May Result In Legislation Proposal Friday

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Lawmakers in the state of Kentucky have been discussing the different possibilities for casino gambling expansion. On Friday, the first of what should be several pieces of legislation on the issue may be filed by Senate President David Williams.

The Senate leaders' proposal is not what many had hoped for. Williams wants any expanded gambling legislation to have to be approved by voters in the state. That could make it more difficult for some of the expansion being discussed to be passed.

Lawmakers have been at odds over how to expand gambling in Kentucky. There are those who want full-scale casino resorts, and other who wish to just add slot machines at state racetracks. The horse racing industry has been down for several years and is in need of a jolt in revenue.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is leading the charge for slot machines at horse tracks. Stumbo's legislation, however, is not expected for a couple of more weeks. The House speaker is waiting on the governor.

Speaking of Governor Steve Beshear, his long-anticipated budget proposal is due in the coming days. Once that proposal is examined, Stumbo will make a decision on his gambling legislation proposal.

Beshear had been at the center of a gambling controversy in 2009. The governor attempted to seize the domain names of 141 online gambling sites, but was turned away by an appeals court late last year. The case may end up in the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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