Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced June 4 that racetrack gaming would be included in the special legislative session that will focus on the state budget.
Beshear, during a press conference, reiterated his contention that Kentucky’s horse racing and breeding industry is in crisis because of competition from programs in states that allow casino-style gambling at racetracks. The horse industry has pushed for expanded gambling for years.
Beshear’s plan is similar to that of Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, who earlier this year introduced a bill to authorize video lottery terminals at the state’s tracks. The measure picked up support but never made it to the House for a vote.
The special session is scheduled to begin June 15.