Kentucky Hub Plan Stalls With House Rejection

A Senate-approved plan to authorize creation of a multi-jurisdictional wagering hub in Kentucky was shot down by the House of Representatives March 29.

Rep. Larry Clark, a Louisville Democrat, said a conference committee of the House and Senate should resolve the issue, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Clark took offense to Commerce Secretary Jim Host's suggestion the betting hub be located at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

The House was on the verge of passing the amendment, but Rep. Denver Bulter, another Democrat, noted the House Licensing and Occupations Committee, which he chairs, didn't get a chance to consider the hub plan. It was tacked onto a bill that would facilitate live Quarter Horse racing and give Standardbred tracks a tax break.

The latest developments were another setback for the horse racing industry. Clark and Denver ripped the racing industry earlier in March over failed legislation to authorize casino gambling at five racetracks and four non-track locations.