Legislation Calls for Five Kentucky Racinos

Proposal would see five racetrack and three stand-alone casinos in Ky.

A Louisville Democrat has drafted legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow three stand-alone casinos, plus five others at horse tracks.

State Rep. Larry Clark said the proposal could generate needed cash for both state government and the horse tracks.

Gambling proposals have become perennial in the Kentucky Legislature in recent years, but have failed to garner enough support to pass. Gov. Steve Beshear has pressed lawmakers since he took office in 2007 to allow Kentuckians to wager on more than horse races.

Clark said his proposal could generate $286 million a year in new revenue. If approved by the Legislature, the proposal would then be placed on the ballot for voters to ratify or reject next November.