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Sun January 4, 2009
By Gabe Bullard
Frankfort, KY – Expanded gambling will once again go before the Kentucky General Assembly. Democratic Representative Tom Burch has pre-filed a bill that would give counties the option of legalizing video lottery terminals, which are similar to slot machines. Burch says many forms of gambling are already legal in Kentucky.
"They have pull-tabs right now at charitable gaming, at bingos and things like that. If pull-tabs isn't a manual slot machine, I don't know what I'd call it. And that is legal."
As it's written, the bill would give 15% of the machines' revenue back to state and local governments. State Representative Greg Stumbo says he'll propose similar legislation aimed at boosting purses at horse racing tracks.