Ky. Bill Would Provide Path for Added Gaming

Bill would give General Assembly power to authorize other forms of gambling.

Kentucky lawmakers will have another option when considering a possible constitutional amendment that would pave the way for placing casino gambling before voters.

On March 5, House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a bill that would allow voters to give the General Assembly the power to authorize other forms of gambling, in addition to the lottery, in the state. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Stumbo believes such an amendment may be needed for some legislators to feel comfortable approving expanded gambling, since it would be submitted to voters.

The bill said voters will decide if they favor "allowing the General Assembly to pass general laws authorizing other forms of gaming."

Stumbo told the Courier-Journal he believes his amendment, if voted on now, would get close to the 60 votes needed if not 60.