Kentucky Racing Commission Must Hire Outside Counsel

The Attorney General of Kentucky has informed the Kentucky Racing Commission that his office will no longer represent the agency as legal counsel.

Frank Shoop, chairman of the commission, told the Louisville Courier-Journal he believes the decision stems from a push in the current legislative session by the state's racetracks for video lottery terminals. Attorney General Ben Chandler would not comment on the reason.

"I wasn't given a lot of detail, so I don't know the reason," Shoop told the paper. "I assume it has something to do with the slot bill that's going through."

The commission has until March 30 to hire outside counsel.