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Attorney General Dumps Kentucky Racing Commission

15 February 2002

FRANKFORT, Kentucky – As reported by the Associated Press: "Attorney General Ben Chandler's office has withdrawn as legal counsel for the Kentucky Racing Commission, and Mr. Chandler won't say why.

"The commission chairman, Frank Shoop, contends it has to do with the racetracks' push for slot machines, but a spokeswoman for Mr. Chandler said it has nothing to do with that.

"…The attorney general's office sent a letter to the commission late Monday, saying it would have to find its own legal representation as of March 30. An assistant attorney general has advised the commission for at least a decade on legal matters involving personnel, licensing, drug testing and other issues.

"The commission hasn't taken a position on whether tracks should be allowed to have slot machines or some other form of casino gambling. But individual commission members, many of whom have close ties to the racing industry, are thought to support expanded gambling at tracks…"

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