Whitesburg KY

Stumbo files gambling bill

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed legislation that would allow video gambling terminals at horse tracks throughout the state.

The Prestonsburg Democrat says Kentucky could reap millions in gambling revenue and has touted the proposal as a way to help fix the state’s budget problems.

Kentucky is currently facing a $456 million budget shortfall. Stumbo says the machines could eventually fetch the state $700 million or more.

Under Stumbo’s proposal the video gambling machines would be allowed only at tracks licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and in areas for people 21 and older.

Republican Senate President David Williams of Burkesville has said he opposes the idea of allowing more gambling options in Kentucky. The state already allows betting on horse racing, bingo and the state lottery. (AP)

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