Kentucky High Court Takes Up Charitable Gaming Suit

Oct 26, 2012

The Kentucky Supreme Court has opted to take up a challenge to Gov. Steve Beshear's decision to use excess funds from the state's charitable gaming department to balance the state budget. A group of nonprofits sued Beshear in 2008, saying the transfer of $700,000 in surplus funds from the charitable gaming regulatory account didn't pass constitutional muster.

A Franklin Circuit judge initially struck down the transfer, which Beshear enacted with multiple other funds transfers amid a budget crisis.

The General Assembly later ratified Beshear's decision.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed that decision in 2011. The high court on Thursday issued an order taking the case for oral arguments. No dates have been set for the case.