Casino Compromise Appears in the Works in Kentucky

A compromise would add three or four locations to the eight racetracks that would offer casino gambling under legislation already introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Officials with the Kentucky Equine Education Project, which authored the racetrack casino bill, said they expected the measure to be changed during the legislative process. On March 1, Democratic Sen. David Boswell, who sponsored companion legislation in the Senate, told the Louisville Courier-Journal a compromise is in the works.

Boswell's district includes Owensboro, a western Kentucky city often mentioned in casino talks. Boswell told the newspaper he would continue to push for four non-track locations, though three could be acceptable.

In legislation offered in previous sessions, casinos were sought in Owensboro; Hopkinsville, also in western Kentucky but not far from the Tennessee border; and just off Interstate 75 in southeastern Kentucky, also near the Tennessee border.

With the General Assembly session well past the midway point (bills must clear committee by late March), gambling proponents are hopeful the House Licensing and Occupations Committee considers the casino legislation the week of March 6.