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Wed January 8, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Issue Should Start With Constitutional Amendment

Greg Stumbo
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

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

Stumbo told reporters Tuesday 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," Stumbo says. "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.”

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

The 2014 legislative session began on Tuesday; Gov. Steve Beshear gave his State of the Commonwealth address the same evening.