(Frankfort, Ky.) - A proposal to expand gaming in Kentucky is apparently on hold with the appearance that the issue may not even be voted on in 2013.
Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday the issue is in limbo because members of the horse racing industry are opposed. The horse tracks want exclusive rights to casino-style gaming, but Beshear’s proposal would allow casinos in other locations.
The governor, who has not submitted a gaming amendment to the legislature, says it will likely not come up for a vote this year.
"The chances are still unknown and very uncertain because of the opposition of those racetracks. I feel that if those tracks were on board, we would have the votes in the Senate now to pass that type of amendment," Beshear told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "I do feel confident that if all of the industry would get its act together and if these tracks would step up and support this approach, along with the breeders and owners, we would have a real shot at passing something this session."
While casinos would have no guarantee of being located at the tracks, the horse industry could still benefit from the governor’s proposal. The amendment would set a percentage of casino revenues to be directed to the horse industry.
Unlike last year, Beshear said he does not plan to mention casino gaming in his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday evening.