Keyword: Kentucky legislature

  • Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Tax on ADW Bets

    The Kentucky General Assembly probably will consider legislation in 2012 that taxes bets made by Kentucky residents through advance deposit wagering systems to bolster the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

  • KY-Breds: Quality High Amid Revenue Decline

    A report on Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeding industry and related state programs that support it financially shows continued strength in quality despite decreases in funding and competition from gaming states.

  • KY Compact Bill Closer to Becoming Law

    The only thing standing in the way of passage of legislation that would allow Kentucky to join an interstate racing compact is reconciliation of bills in the House of Representatives and Senate.

  • Ellis Park

    KY Hopes Talk of Aid for Racing Legitimate

    On the heels of a successful opening weekend at Ellis Park comes word of a few initiatives that, if they come to fruition, could generate or repurpose revenue for Kentucky racing. But will it be enough?

  • (from left) Breeders' Cup Chairman William S. Farish, Jr., Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Breeders' Cup President and CEO Greg Avioli, and CDI President and CEO Bob Evans chat after announcement that Churchill Downs will host the 2011 Breeeders' Cup.

    Politics Colors Breeders' Cup Announcement

    When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and representatives of Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs announced the track was selected to host the World Championships in 2011, the lawmaker who pushed for tax breaks wasn't on hand.

  • Republican Sen. Damon Thayer

    Amid Turmoil, KY Lawmaker Makes Case for BC

    As Breeders' Cup considers a future host site schedule complicated by recent actions in California, a Kentucky lawmaker has reiterated the state's favorable tax climate in hosting the World Championships.

  • Kentucky Senate President David Williams

    Williams Says Racing Issues 'Complicated'

    Kentucky Senate President David Williams said April 27 issues in the horse racing and pari-mutuel industry are "complicated," but lawmakers intend to continue working on ways to strengthen the business.

  • Political Cover Sought on Instant Racing?

    Legislation authorizing Instant Racing at Kentucky racetracks is in line for major revisions that would place approval squarely in the lap of the governor or Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • KY Racing Aid Bill Called 'Life Preserver'

    Legislation authorizing Instant Racing, a tax on advance deposit wagering, and a reduction in the pari-mutuel excise tax sailed through the Kentucky Senate Committee on State and Local Government March 11.

  • Plans to Aid KY Horse Industry in the Works

    Yet another bill authorizing gaming at racetracks has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly. With less than a month to go in the session, no action has been taken on any gaming-related legislation.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    Beshear Budget Calls for Racetrack Gaming

    Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear called the state legislature's bluff Jan. 19 by presenting a two-year budget that relies on more than $700 million in revenue from gaming machines at racetracks.

  • Ky Sen. Damon Thayer

    Thayer Delays Committee Vote on Gaming Bill

    Saying his bill for a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling in the state is gaining support from some members of the Kentucky horse industry, Republican Sen. Damon Thayer put action on the bill on hold Jan. 13.

  • CDI's Evans: Some Progress in Kentucky

    The president of Churchill Downs Inc. said he believes recent developments with the makeup of the Kentucky General Assembly are positive and could help lead to legalization of video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.

  • Another KY Republican Gets Appointment

    Republican Sen. Dan Kelly, a member of the Senate committee that killed racetrack gaming legislation during a special General Assembly session earlier this year, was appointed by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear as an 11th Judicial Circuit judge.

  • Slot Machine

    Analysis: Will KY Gaming Plan Muddy Waters?

    Kentucky's horse racing and breeding industry plans to stand its ground in the wake of a proposal for a constitutional amendment on gaming some have characterized as a politically-motivated stall tactic.

  • Terry Meyocks

    Meyocks to Run for Kentucky Senate Seat

    Jockeys' Guild national manager Terry Meyocks, formerly an executive with the New York Racing Association, will seek the Kentucky Senate seat currently held by Republican Alice Forgy Kerr in the November 2010 election.

  • Slot Machine

    Racetrack Gaming Issue Heats Up in Kentucky

    A Kentucky Thoroughbred breeder said Republican lawmakers plan to push for a constitutional amendment on racetrack gaming, but a spokesperson for the state's Senate leader said that's not the case.

  • Kentucky Senate President David Williams

    War of Words Over KY Racetrack Gaming Issue

    Kentucky Senate President David Williams has continued a war of words with leading Democrats over the politics surrounding proposed racetrack gaming in Kentucky. But Williams, a Republican, has also apparently drawn the ire of Kentucky's top GOP leader.

  • A rally was held at Ellis Park on Aug. 22 to lobby for alternative gaming in the state of KY.

    KY Horse Industry Proves Threat Not Hollow

    Following the June demise of expanded gambling in the legislature, representatives of Kentucky's horse industry vowed to take a more aggressive role in statehouse campaigns. The industry's involvement in a special state Senate election in eastern Kentucky Aug. 25 is proving the threat wasn't hollow.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway Calendar Intact, But Changes Loom

    A reduction in stakes purses for its upcoming meet will allow Turfway Park to maintain overnight purses and racing days, but track officials are thinking ahead to 2010, when that probably won't be the case.

  • Anti-VLT Senator Takes Kentucky Appointment

    A Republican Kentucky senator who chaired the committee that killed legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks has been appointed as commissioner of the Kentucky Public Service Commission by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • KY Exemption Allows for One-Day Breeders' Cup

    Kentucky legislation authorizing a pari-mutuel tax exemption for the Breeders' Cup World Championships was modified to allow for one-day or two-day events and sets a lower purse minimum to qualify for the exemption.

  • Ellis Park owner Ron Geary

    Ellis, Turfway Balance Hope, Hard Decisions

    Ellis Park owner Ron Geary said June 24 it's too soon to say a commitment from the racing industry and legislators to fight for racetrack gaming will keep his track open beyond the 2009 season. Meanwhile, Turfway Park and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association plan to sit down soon to devise a plan that could include reductions in purses and racing dates for future meets.

  • Republican Sen. Damon Thayer

    Thayer Defends Position on KY Gaming Bill

    Republican Sen. Damon Thayer, under heavy fire from some in the Kentucky horse industry for not being publicly proactive on racetrack gaming legislation, on June 25 outlined his position on the issue and claimed that a "political war" would only hinder the industry.

  • KY House Drops Racetrack VLTs in Senate's Lap

    After debate of nearly four hours June 19, the Kentucky House of Representatives approved a bill permitting video lottery terminals at racetracks. The vote was 52 in favor, 45 opposed with two abstentions.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    KY Gaming Debate Continues; Bill Introduced

    On the eve of the release of racetrack gaming legislation on the call for a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the state's top lawmakers debated the merits of the plan and indicated it won't be a slam dunk.