Kentucky Tracks Discuss Casinos

Kentucky's racing industry pitched casino gambling to a legislative panel Jan. 9.

Representatives from Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks pitched legalized casino gambling to a state legislative panel Jan. 9, and suggested they haven't decided whether gambling halls would be located at tracks.

The Kentucky General Assembly opened its 2008 session Jan. 8. Lawmakers are expected during the coming months to consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize limited casino gambling throughout the state.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said the state can take in about $500 million per year in new revenue if casino gambling is permitted.

Racetrack representatives told a study group Jan. 9 they're not certain  where the casinos will be located if voters approve the amendment. They could propose to have some free-standing gaming facilities.

Beshear hasn't yet unveiled details of his casino proposal.