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December 26, 2017

Kentucky does not offer casino gaming. However, attitudes toward possible casinos have been changing.

BR-197 has been pre-filed by State Representatives Dennis Keene and Rick Rand. The proposed measure would legalize gaming in the state. It may possibly allow sports betting.

The reasoning that brought the proposal was trying to find additional sources for revenues. Funding is needed for the pension plan for the state and help the state budget.

The promise of job creation has been getting support. In Jenkins, the unemployment rate is very high. Citizens have been signing the petition sponsored by Jobs 4 Kentucky in order to show support for the measure.

However some law makers are against BR-197. Locations of the casinos have been one issue. Horse racing tracks want to be the only venues allowed to operate gaming.

In the past similar gaming bills have been rejected

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