GOP Caucus: No Sentiment for Expanded Gambling in Kentucky Senate

Feb 11, 2014

Expanded gambling may be dead for another year, according to Kentucky Senate Republicans.

A bill filed by Senator Dan Seum of Louisville would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth, Seum said Monday that he doesn’t have the support in his chamber.

Majority Floor Leader Sen. Damon Thayer took it a step further, saying there’s no sentiment in the Republican-controlled Senate to take the issue up right now.

“The Senate has dealt with this bill on the floor of the Senate in the past; the House has never dealt with a constitutional amendment on the floor of the House," commented Thayer.  "If the governor wants it badly enough, he oughta go to the members of his own party in the chamber that they control and try to push the bill.”

Seum says the bill isn't dead in the Senate, but it needs more time.  Similar gaming bills have repeatedly died in the Senate for decades.