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8:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rep. Larry Clark: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Still in the Works

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A state lawmaker from Louisville says the issue of expanded gaming isn’t dead yet.

Democratic state Rep. Larry Clark says that he met with representatives from five Kentucky racetracks and the head of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to allay concerns of the thoroughbred industry over a bill he has filed that would expand gaming in the state.

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Politics
6:20 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Senate Republicans: No Sentiment for Expanded Gambling This Year

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Expanded gambling may be dead for another year, according to Kentucky Senate Republicans.

A bill filed by Sen. Dan Seum, a Louisville Republican, would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth.

But Seum says he doesn’t have the support in the Senate.

“At this point in time, I have no plans in putting it on the floor, obviously, until I have the necessary votes to pass a constitutional amendment," he says.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Kentucky Expanded Gambling Critic Shares Concerns With House Committee

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The fight over expanded gambling continues in Frankfort.

Opponent took their concerns on Wednesday to the state House.

While much of the criticism is rooted in moral opposition to gambling, there’s concern about a lack of transparency as well.

Members of anti-gaming groups told lawmakers that the harm gaming would cause isn’t worth the estimated $286 million in new tax revenue that Rep. Larry Clark says his gaming bill would generate.

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

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

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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.

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Politics
9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The session starts Tuesday.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers: No Trading Votes for Expanded Gambling

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Kentucky's highest-ranking Republican lawmaker says he will oppose any expanded gambling measure that uses political patronage to garner support.

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he isn't opposed to expanded gaming if it has unified support, but he doesn’t want the issue to be advanced by a trade of votes for pet projects.

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Will Seek to Reinvest in Education

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll look at expanded gaming and tax reform to shore up budget shortfalls and to help pay for reinvestments in education.

In a sit-down interview with reporters in his Capitol office, Beshear said he would try to find money to put toward school safety and textbooks.

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Local News
4:02 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker says pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Opposition to Kentucky Expanded Gambling Starts Taking Form

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Opposition to a pair of expanded gaming bills filed in the Kentucky legislature is already starting to form.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate haven’t publicly commented on the legislation, but a former lawmaker’s criticism may offer the shape of things to come.

Stan Cave is an attorney with the Family Foundation, and has litigated against gaming interests. He was also in the state House from 1992-2000.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky Rep. Larry Clark Files Pair of Expanded Gaming Bills

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A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a pair of bills that will again bring the issue of expanded gaming before the General Assembly.

State Rep. Larry Clark, a Louisville Democrat, has pre-filed legislation that would place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2014 ballot asking Kentucky voters if they permit "the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing casino gaming?” according to language in BR 108.

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