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Kentucky Senate Republicans: No Sentiment for Expanded Gambling This Year

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

A bill filed by Sen. Dan Seum, a Louisville Republican, would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth.

But Seum says he doesn’t have the support in the Senate.

“At this point in time, I have no plans in putting it on the floor, obviously, until I have the necessary votes to pass a constitutional amendment," he says.

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 at the moment.

“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," Thayer says. "If the governor wants it badly enough, he ought to 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.

Copyright 2014 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Jonathan Meador
JonathanMeador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio.