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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will introduce a constitutional amendment on expanded gaming during the 2012 General Assembly.

The governor told reporters an amendment is a better option than changing state law through the legislature, which convenes in January.

Beshear made gaming a centerpiece of his 2007 gubernatorial campaign and his administration has lobbied for it as a means to help the horse industry and fill shortfalls in the state budget. However, the measure has continually failed to pass the Republican-controlled state Senate.

It is expected Beshear will discuss the proposal during his inaugural address later today.