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Kentucky racetrack slots bill revived

13 February 2009

FRANKFORT, Kentucky -- As reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal: "The effort to add slot machines at Kentucky racetracks showed a sign of revival yesterday when the bill was scheduled for a committee vote, but the bill's sponsor said he still doubts it will pass the House this year.

"House Licensing and Occupations Committee Chairman Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, scheduled a special meeting for this morning to approve Speaker Greg Stumbo's House Bill 158, which would allow video lottery terminals at seven of the state's eight tracks. The two Lexington tracks would share a facility.

"Keene said the bill will be revised and unveiled this morning.

"The scheduled vote comes less than a week after Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said his bill was on the back burner while he worked on a solution to the state's estimated $456 million shortfall for the current budget. The House passed a tax plan yesterday aimed at filling that gap.

"The slots bill would not produce revenue for the current budget year, but Stumbo has said it could produce money for the fiscal year that begins in July, when state officials expect to see an even greater shortfall..."

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