New Governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear has not been shy in his bid to bring legalized casino gambling to the state. he even has received criticism that some big people in the casino industry spent a lot of money lobbying for him in before the past election.
Now it appears that Beshear is on his way to realizing his goal of having casino gambling become prevalent in Kentucky. On Wednesday afternoon the state House Committee voted 7-2 in favor of allowing a Bill that would bring up to nine new casinos to the state.
The Governors original proposal had guaranteed a certain number of casinos to horse racing tracks, but the vote today did not include a specific number. Beshear still claims getting the tracks casinos is a priority.
“I am aware of the concerns that Kentucky’s signature industry, the horse industry, has about this version of the amendment, and I plan to continue meeting with House leadership to find a way to address those concerns,” Beshear said in a statement.
The vote today was just one of the steps that needed to be taken for casino expansion to become a reality. The full House will now take the Bill into consideration. The Senate would also have to approve the Bill. Once all those steps are completed, it would then be turned over to voters in Kentucky.