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Casino Fight Set Again In Kentucky For 2014

Proposals Would Call For Handful Of Vegas-Style Casinos


In 2014, some lawmakers in the state of Kentucky will once again try to bring Las Vegas-style casinos to their jurisdiction in order to increase tax revenue and generate more economic activity. Supporters have always faced an uphill battle.

According to the Associated Press, the new efforts will be in the form of potential constitutional amendments. The issue would go on the 2014 fall ballot in the state if the General Assembly signed off on the plan. Proposals reportedly have been drafted for introduction in both Kentucky’s House and Senate. That could happen sometime early in the new session.

“This is probably the last chance to do it, I really think,” Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, the second-ranking House member, said to the AP with regards to the stakes in 2014.

One proposal would allow up to seven casinos in the state. Another would call for up to eight.

A chunk of gambling revenue from the casinos could go toward helping the state’s prominent horse racing industry. The state is home to the famous Kentucky Derby.

Other money would go toward education and other social services.

Kentucky doesn’t have any full-scale casinos, whether commercial or tribal.

The state is near a cluster of states that have expanded their respective gambling industries. Directly to the north, Ohio not long ago authorize four Las Vegas-style gambling joints, with a Caesars property in Cincinnati. That city is right on the Ohio-Kentucky border.

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