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Expanded Gaming Discussed In Frankfort

The Mungpie

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says expanded gaming legislation would ideally begin with a constitutional amendment.

Stumbo told reporters on Tuesday (Jan. 7) in the Capitol that by letting voters decide the issue first, the legislation could avoid the kind of “horse-trading” that Senate President Robert Stivers has warned will threaten his support for it.

“I would envision that the House would pass simply enabling legislation, and not spend the money, and that will alleviate his concern. If the voters were to -- I think the voters need what the enabling legislation is. For example: how the commission will be set up; who’ll get the licenses, that sort of thing; where will they be located? That’s the big question,” says Stumbo.

Two measures to expand gaming and introduce casino gambling in the state have already been introduced in the House and Senate.

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