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Sports Betting Bill Stumbles From Starting Gate In Kentucky

Baishampayan Ghose, Creative Commons

In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the starting gate. 

A sports wagering bill has exposed tensions among Republicans who control the legislature.

It has spotlighted a divide between Christian conservatives opposed to sports wagering for religious reasons and lawmakers who see the potential for a new revenue source.

The bill sailed through a legislative committee nearly a month ago but has languished in the full House since then.